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Beyond knowledge deficit to a proposal for information-seeking behaviors
Nursing diagnosis
  • Virginia M. Conley, University of Iowa
Document Type
Peer Reviewed
Publication Date
NLM Title Abbreviation
Nurs Diagn
PubMed ID
TOPIC: Nursing assessment of knowledge of informational needs. PURPOSE: To present of a brief evolutionary analysis of knowledge deficit in terms of its significance, application, and use, and to present a proposal diagnosis, "information-seeking behaviors." SOURCES: Literature review of knowledge deficit and "information-seeking behaviors." CONCLUSIONS: Knowledge deficit is a nursing diagnosis that is significant for identifying a patient's need for education or knowledge. Its application has revealed limitations to validity and subsequent use. "Information-seeking behaviors" is proposed as an alternative diagnosis. Antecedents and defining characteristics are presented and areas for future research proposed.
  • Humans,
  • Nursing Diagnosis/standards,
  • Nursing Evaluation Research,
  • Nursing Theory,
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care/psychology,
  • Patient Education as Topic,
  • Psychological Theory,
  • Reproducibility of Results,
  • Research Design
Published Article/Book Citation
Nursing diagnosis, 9:4 (1998) pp.129-135.
Citation Information
Virginia M. Conley. "Beyond knowledge deficit to a proposal for information-seeking behaviors" Nursing diagnosis Vol. 9 Iss. 4 (1998) p. 129 - 135 ISSN: 1046-7459
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