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Nurs Sci Q. 2012 Jul;25(3):253-60. doi: 10.1177/0894318412447568.

Unitary pattern: a review of theoretical literature.

Nursing science quarterly

Kathleen M Musker


  1. Northern Illinois University, Chicago, IL, USA.

PMID: 22753574 DOI: 10.1177/0894318412447568


It is the purpose of this article to illuminate the phenomenon of unitary pattern through a review of theoretical literature. Unitary pattern is a phenomenon of significance to the discipline of nursing because it is manifested in and informs all person-environment health experiences. Unitary pattern was illuminated by: addressing the barriers to understanding the phenomenon, presenting a definition of unitary pattern, and exploring Eastern and Western theoretical literature which address unitary pattern in a way that is congruent with the definition presented. This illumination of unitary pattern will expand nursing knowledge and contribute to the discipline of nursing.

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