Marilyn McFarland, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, CTN-A
Synopsis of Findings Discovered Within a Descriptive Meta-synthesis of Doctoral Dissertations Guided by the Culture Care Theory with Use of the Ethnonursing Research Method
Marilyn McFarland, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, CTN-A
Hiba Wehbe-Alamah, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, CTN-A
Mary Wilson, RN, MSN, ANP-BC
Helene Vossos, RN, MSN, ANP-BC, PMHNP-BC

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Abstract: This study presented a descriptive meta-synthesis of culture care findings from 24 doctoral dissertations using the metaethnonursing research method and Leininger’s Culture Care Theory of Diversity and Universality as the conceptual framework. The dissertations were selected from University Microfilms International (UMI) Dissertation Abstracts database. The Culture Care findings that were discovered were both interpretive and explanatory, and further conceptualized from the themes and patterns of the original dissertation studies. New theoretical formulations based on the Culture Care Theory and recommendations related to nursing practice were discovered. These findings are predicted to make a significant contribution to the discipline and practice of nursing as well as the epistemic and ontologic basis of culture care knowledge and evidence-based best practices.

Keywords: doctoral dissertations, Culture Care Theory, Ethnonursing research method

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