Technology assessment in nursing: a systematic review of the national and international literature

Partanen P, Perälä M L
Record ID 31998008422
Authors' objectives:

The aims of this study are to clarify what technology assessment means in the context of nursing, and to identify and describe the research evaluating various methods (technologies) used in nursing.

Authors' results and conclusions: The international meta-analytical and primary research was most often concerned with the therapeutic and rehabilitation methods used in the care of various adult somatic patients. Meta-analytical national research concerning the evaluation of nursing methods was missing. Most of the Finnish evaluation studies were concerned with methods, especially preventive methods, used in the care of adult hospitalized patients. Evaluation research concerning the methods used with children, patients' relatives, and in out-patient care was scarce. Methodological shortcomings of the studies often included the lack of randomization and of control groups, small sample sizes and the lack of economic evaluation.
Authors' recomendations: On the basis of this review it seems that in Finland, evaluation research on nursing methods is scarce, but there exists international meta-analytical research, as well as primary studies evaluating the effects of nursing methods. People working in research positions need to take systematic action in order to strengthen the technology assessment research in nursing. Recommendations for future research activities and for the utilization of the existing research base in nursing is presented in this report.
Authors' methods: Systematic review
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 1998
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English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: Finland
MeSH Terms
  • Technology Assessment, Biomedical
  • Nursing Research
Organisation Name: Finnish Coordinating Center for Health Technology Assessment
Contact Address: Finnish Office for Health Care Technology Assessment (Finohta)
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Copyright: Finnish Office for Health Care Technology Assessment, 1998
This is a bibliographic record of a published health technology assessment from a member of INAHTA or other HTA producer. No evaluation of the quality of this assessment has been made for the HTA database.