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Title: Relational Continuity: A Concept Analysis
Author: Andres, Cheryl E.
Advisor: Dickinson, Dr. James
Keywords: Health Care Management;Medicine and Surgery;Mental Health;Nursing;Public Health
Issue Date: 2-Feb-2016
Abstract: Purpose: This study explores the concept of relational continuity within the context of primary care. Methods: Rodgers’ Evolutionary View of Concept Analysis was employed to identify attributes, antecedents, and consequences of relational continuity. Results: The attributes of relational continuity include an individual longitudinal connection with a primary care provider and team that is therapeutic in nature; responsive, co-constructed, whole person focused, and has an undergirding that connects care over time. It builds trust through mutual investment and shared accountability between provider, patient and team. Conclusions: A comprehensive understanding of relational continuity in the context of primary care is presented as an outcome of this concept analysis. It is recommended that further inquiry in this area focus on the development of theory and valid measures to accurately evaluate relational continuity in primary health care. Key Words: continuity, relational, concept analysis
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