Who is the emergency room patient? An evolutionary concept analysis

Dimens Crit Care Nurs. 2010 Jul-Aug;29(4):182-91. doi: 10.1097/DCC.0b013e3181de9a88.


There is an absence of concept analysis discussing: "Who is the emergency room patient?" in the literature. This study aims to clarify and conceptually develop these concepts as they are contextually mediated. Using the evolutionary method of Rodgers (Concept Development in Nursing: Foundations, Techniques, and Applications. 2000:77-127), the findings clearly identified the references, contextual basis, attributes, antecedents, and consequences of the concepts. Clarity of the concepts is important as they could greatly influence future developments in practice, theory, and research.

MeSH terms

  • Concept Formation*
  • Emergency Service, Hospital*
  • Humans
  • Nursing Theory*