Reading and Evaluating Theory in a Research Publication

Kay C. Avant

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article


This article explains how theory is used in quantitative and qualitative research reports. Several confusing concepts are defined and clarified. Questions are posed to help readers determine whether theory was used correctly in the various types of research reports. The article will help the reader evaluate the state of the theory and whether it is appropriate for use in informing practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)231-236
Number of pages6
JournalPerioperative Nursing Clinics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2009



  • Interpreting theory
  • Practice
  • Research
  • Theory
  • Theory/research interaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medical–Surgical

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