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An Evaluation of The Doctoral Theses In The Field of Family Nursing In Turkey
Zuhal Bahar1,Kübra Pınar Gürkan2,Nihal Gördes Aydoğdu2,Deniz Aslı Dokuzcan3
1Koç University, Faculty of Nursing, Istanbul, Turkey
2Dokuz Eylül University, Faculty of Nursing, Izmir, Turkey
3Balıkesir University, Faculty of Health Sciences, Balıkesir,Turkey
Objective: This study was performed to determine the features of doctoral theses in the field of family nursing in Turkey, and the distribution of the doctoral theses by their subjects.

Study Design: Based on scanning of the concepts and departments, the data of this descriptive study were retrospectively obtained from the National Thesis Database Center of the Higher Education Council. Its search concept used the words, "family and home care", and its search department used the word, "nursing". The data were analyzed using a questionnaire consisted of 10 items developed by the researchers. The items included the date when the thesis was completed, study design, study subject, location of the research, study sample, sample size, interventions, model use and department.

Results: This study obtained the complete texts of 46 doctoral theses. The evaluation found that 65.2% of the theses in the field of family nursing were made between the years of 2004 and 2016. In 54.3% of the theses, the sample group consists of relatives of the patients and near the half of the studies were half-experimental and 52.2% of them were done in clinics. Models were used by only 10.9% of the theses.

Conclusion: Doctoral theses related to family nursing and home care increased in the 2000 s. They focused on caregivers due to increasing chronic diseases. The few family-based studies on protecting and developing health, one of the basic functions of the nurses, show that much more attention should be devoted to this field. Keywords : Family nursing, nursing evaluation research, nursing education