Cognitive Capabilities : An Important Theory Concept ( Alligood )

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Cognitive Capabilities
Cognitive capabilities are an important theory concept (Alligood, 2014). Mishel defines cognitive capabilities as the actual processing of information with the ability to reflect on capabilities, limitations, and restrictions (Alligood, 2014). A study of the Mishel uncertainty in illness scale found ambiguity and inconsistency influenced the quality of life (Giammanco et al., 2014).
Inference, Illusions, Adaptation, New View of Life, and Probabilistic thinking
The last five major concepts in the uncertainty in illness theory to be discussed are equally important to the theory. These include inference, illusions, adaptation, view of life, and probabilistic thinking. First, inference is the ability to evaluate uncertainty based on previous experiences in life (Alligood, 2014). Second, illusions are beliefs formed out of life’s uncertainty (Alligood, 2014). Third, adaptation is how a person modifies his or her biological, psychological, or social behavior (Alligood, 2014). Fourth, new view of life is the individual’s acceptance of the uncertainty of life (Alligood, 2014). Fifth, probabilistic thinking is the belief in a world in which an individual is uncertain and cannot always have a predicted outcome (Alligood, 2014). Each of these concepts can be used in various clinical situations and with different patient populations.
Major Assumptions
Once health care professionals have a firm foundation on Mishel’s uncertainty in illness theory,…

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