Since ancient times, especially from the sixteenth century, the effectiveness of relationships in any knowledge area has always been guided by productivity indicators. The health service therefore does not constitute an exception. And so, publications in health reflect the core of studies that originated them. Nursing, as a recent profession, still lacks a proper measurement model, since it is strongly influenced by the biomedical standard. Nevertheless, it is unquestionable the numerical increment of nursing publications worldwide. However, this quantitative progress is not proportional to the quality of publications; maybe due to the aforementioned biomedical model of hierarchical organization of studies, or maybe due to the eminently descriptive characteristic of their findings. Thus, the nursing area lacks intervention-type research that provide a real measurement of the effects of actions of nurses.
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