MIDDLE-RANGE THEORIES 4
Themiddle-range theories allow one to integrate theory and empiricalevidence in resolving some of the sociological concepts (Elo,Kääriäinen, Isola, & Kyngäs, 2013). The concept enables thecreation of verifiable propositions as opposed to broad abstracts.The ‘essentials’ provide an opportunity for an individual toconsider creative and transformative thinking in the course ofeducation. There is a great need for the expansion of knowledge asprovided for by the increasing diversity and technologicaladvancements. It is noteworthy that the current global healthencounters myriad of opportunities and challenges. Understanding themiddle-range theories assists in the creation of the approaches andinterventions to resolve the health problems. By integrating theoryand empirical evidence, the world will be in a position to fix someof the serious health concerns (Smith & Liehr, 2013).
Thetheory of chronic sorrow offers a mechanism through which people gainan understanding of how to relate to individuals suffering from lossor a period of sadness (Mercer, 2015). Such an understanding isessential in the clinical practice as it allows the caregivers togenerate the right interventions for improved outcomes. Often, humansexperience challenges and situations that bring along sorrow. Suchscenarios affect the social and health well-being thereby, demandingappropriate management. The concept of self-transcendence gainedinfluence from the personality development theories (DiNapoli et al.,2014). It considers that humans develop through interactions withother people and the physical environment. The physical environmentor the people could have either positive or negative influence onone’s well-being. The role of nursing is to help individuals in theinterpersonal and therapeutic management of the environment toenhance the promotion of health and welfare. The realization ofclinical outcomes requires proper administration of the social andphysical elements that influence health status (Alligood, 2014).
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