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Developing a new health-related policy analysis tool : an action research cooperative inquiry approach.

Casey, Mary; Rohde, Daniela; Brady, Anne?Marie; Fealy, Gerard; Hegarty, Josephine; Kennedy, Catriona; McNamara, Martin; Nicholson, Emma; O'Connell, Rhona; O'Connor, Laserina; O'Leary, Denise; O'Reilly, Pauline; Stokes, Diarmuid


Mary Casey

Daniela Rohde

Anne?Marie Brady

Gerard Fealy

Josephine Hegarty

Martin McNamara

Emma Nicholson

Rhona O'Connell

Laserina O'Connor

Denise O'Leary

Pauline O'Reilly

Diarmuid Stokes


Aim: To develop a tool for the analysis of nursing, midwifery and health-related policy and professional guidance documents. Background: Analysis tools can aid both policy evaluation and policy development. However, no framework for analysing the content of professional regulation and guidance documents among healthcare professionals currently exists. Method: This study used an action research, cooperative inquiry design. Data were generated from two integrative literature reviews and discussions held during the cooperative inquiry meetings. Results: A set of key themes to be considered in the development or evaluation of health policy or professional regulation and guidance documents were identified. These themes formed the basis of the six domains considered by the Health-related Policy Analysis Tool (HrPAT): Context, Process, Content, Stakeholder Consultation, Implementation, and Evaluation. Conclusion: Use of the HrPAT can assist in policy development, evaluation and implementation, as well as providing some retrospective analytical insights into existing health policies. Implication for Nursing Management: Professional regulation documents, guidelines and policy reports should be capable of being scrutinised for their content, quality, and developmental process. The HrPAT can assist relevant stakeholders in the development, analysis and evaluation of such documents, including local, service-level policies and guidelines.


CASEY, M., ROHDE, D., BRADY, A.-M., FEALY, G., HEGARTY, J., KENNEDY, C., MCNAMARA, M., NICHOLSON, E., O'CONNELL, R., O'CONNOR, L., O'LEARY, D., O'REILLY, P. and STOKES, D. 2019. Developing a new health-related policy analysis tool : an action research cooperative inquiry approach. Journal of nursing management [online], 27(6), pages 1233-1241. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 25, 2019
Online Publication Date Jun 6, 2019
Publication Date Sep 30, 2019
Deposit Date Jun 13, 2019
Publicly Available Date Jun 7, 2020
Journal Journal of nursing management
Print ISSN 0966-0429
Electronic ISSN 1365-2834
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 27
Issue 6
Pages 1233-1241
Keywords Policy making; Health policy; Nursing; Health services research
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