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Table 2 Theory analysis elements applied to sustainability frameworks/models/theories

From: Identifying relevant concepts and factors for the sustainability of evidence-based practices within acute care contexts: a systematic review and theory analysis of selected sustainability frameworks

Categories Criteria
Origins Who are the developers, discipline, country?
Methodological approach
Evidence to support or refute model development
Target domain (practice, education, research, policy)
Motivation(s) for development
Meaning of the framework/model/theory (F/M/T) Examines conceptual definitions and their use
Identifies concepts (factors),
Inclusiveness of innovation, potential adopters, context factors
Relationship between and among concepts (factors)
Assumptions underlying the model (preconditions)
Schematic presentation
Empirical testability Supported by empirical data (studies)
Clarity and simplicity while being complete (as per rater)
Use of clear, concise language (as per rater)
Logical adequacy Logical adequacy (logical structure of the concepts and statements)
Predictions or testable hypotheses are provided
Logical fallacies within the content or structure of the model
Usefulness Supported by tools
Practicality to nursing and or other target groups.
Contributes to the understanding and predicting of outcomes
Generalizability Clinical context, generalizes (can be extended) to multiple settings
  1. Based on Walker and Avant [36]