The Influence of Logical Positivism on Nursing Practice

Image--the journal of nursing scholarship 02/1989; 21(4):243-5. DOI: 10.1111/j.1547-5069.1989.tb00151.x
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While logical positivism has been said to have had major influence on the development of nursing theory, whether this influence pervades other aspects of the discipline has not been discussed. One central aspect of logical positivism, the verificationist perspective, was used to examine texts, curricular guides and standards of practice that guided nursing practice in the decades in which logical positivism had influence on nursing theory construction. This review of the literature does not support the influence of logical positivism, as exemplified by the verificationist perspective, on nursing practice guidelines.

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