Essay on The Uncertainty Of Illness Theory ( Ruit )

1401 Words Nov 7th, 2016 6 Pages
The reconceptualized uncertainty in illness theory (RUIT) was developed in 1990 by Merle H. Mishel in response to a few short comings in her original theory: The uncertainty in illness theory. The RUIT is based on the chaos theory which is more complex, nonlinear, and variable. Mishel defines uncertainty as an incapability of defining or creating meaning of an illness, and that this occurs in situations in which the decision maker cannot foresee the outcome of their illness due to a lack of sufficient cues (Mishel, 1990). The RUIT was developed to address the uncertainty experienced and managed by those people living with chronic illnesses, or an illness with a potential for recurrence (****BOOK). This paper discusses the evaluative framework for the middle range theory of reconceptualized uncertainty in illness.
Substantive Foundations The RUIT is within the focus of the discipline of nursing as it applies to the lingering uncertainty found in people with chronic illnesses and in people with illnesses that have a potential for recurring. This theory not only focuses on the uncertainty experienced by ill individuals, but it also focuses on both the family and caregivers of the ill individual as well (***BOOK). Studies have found that uncertainty is very common in ill individuals: A person’s quality of life is significantly predicted by uncertainty, and that caregiver uncertainty is linked to poor health, depression, and diminished quality of life as well as decreased…

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