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7 Criteria for Theory Analysis
 Origin
 Meaning
 Logical Adequacy
 Usefulness
 Generalizability
 Parsimony
 Testability

7 Criteria of Theory Analysis: Origin
 How did the theory come about? From practice?
 What prompted its development?
 Was is inductive or deductive?
 Empirical support in literature & research?
 What is already known?

7 Criteria of Theory Analysis: Meaning
 How do the concepts relate to each other?
 What kinds of concepts are in the theory? Abstract / Concrete?
 What kinds of definitions? Operational / Theoretical?
 What kinds of statements? Descriptive / Relational / Causal?

7 Criteria of Theory Analysis: Logical Adequacy
 Structure logical?
 Free of fallacies?
 Accuracy in predictions?
 Premises accurate? Correctly drawn?
 Format accurate?
 Content make sense to experts in the field?

7 Criteria of Theory Analysis: Usefulness
 Provide new insights?
 Explain phenomena better than previous theories?
 Allow better prescriptions?
 Potential to benefit nursing practice?

7 Criteria of Theory Analysis: Generalizability
 Extent generalization can be made
 Wider usage = more generalizable
 Where can this information be used?

7 Criteria of Theory Analysis: Parsimony
 Simplicity
 Covers broad range of situations
 Statements do not overlap

7 Criteria of Theory Analysis: Testability
 Hypotheses can be generated?
 Definitions are operational or observable?
 (If already tested, then testable.)