Concept Analysis Essay

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Peer-Reviewed Concept Analysis Article
Grand Canyon University
Theoretical Foundations for Nursing Roles and Practice: NUR-502

July 24, 2013

Peer-Reviewed Concept Analysis Article Woman-centered care in childbirth is the process in which a woman can make choices, be involved in, and has control over her care and relationship with her physician or midwife (Maputle & Donavon, 2013). Woman-centered care is a philosophy of care which gives priority to the wishes and needs of the female patient during labor, to improve the women’s ability to make informed choices about many aspects of their care and birthing process. The aim of concept analysis is to clarify meanings of similarity and identify multiple considerations for
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The concept should be clear and distinct, unambiguously defined and well differentiated from other concepts, and should be applicable to the world and appropriate in context. Concept analysis is applied for the refinement and definition of concepts originating from nursing practice, nursing research and nursing theory (Maputle & Donavon, 2013), which helps to differentiate between similar and dissimilar concepts. Walker and Avant assert that concept analysis and development are fundamental processes required by nurse researchers who are attempting to measure the metaphysical phenomena of nursing, or in this study the midwifery practice. The framework suggested by Walker and Avant was used for the analysis described in this research. The method of research included:

• Selection of the concept • Specification of the aims of analysis • Identification of uses, characteristics of the concept • Determination and definition of attributes • Development of model cases which exemplify the analysis • Identification of antecedents and consequences • Definition of empirical referents (McEwen & Willis, 2011 p.54)

A study ‘Experiences of childbirth by mothers at the tertiary hospital in Limpopo Province’ was conducted (Maputle & Nolte 2008), and experiences of the mothers during childbirth revealed the major concept ‘woman-centered care’. ‘Woman-centered care’ emerged as a
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