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What is a Concept Analysis?

Concept analysis is a strategy used for examining concepts for their semantic structure. Although there are several methods for conducting concept analysis, all of them have the purpose of determining the defining characteristics of the concept under study. Some uses of a concept analysis are refining and clarifying concepts in theory, practice, and research and arriving at precise theoretical and operational definitions for research or for instrument development. Concept analysis has been used in other disciplines, particularly philosophy and linguistics, for many years. However, the techniques have only recently been used by nurses interested in semantics and language development in the discipline.*





Avant, K. C. (2017). Concept analysis. In J. Fitzpatrick (Ed.), Encyclopedia of nursing research (4th ed.). New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company. Retrieved from

Using our Databases to find a Concept Analysis

To find a Concept Analysis using our databases like CINAHL or PubMed:


1)Use the Advanced Search in CINAHL or PubMed

2)Type in "concept analysis" - you can search anywhere in the record or use the Title or Abstract fields

3)Enter your other terms.




screenshot of an advanced search in CINAHL for concept analysis




screenshot of PubMed concept analysis