Rodger’s Evolution Method for Concept Analysis


Using Rodger’s evolutionary method for concept analysis, analyze how Lyth uses concept analysis to discuss the issue of clinical supervision. Lyth’s article is titled “Clinical supervision: a concept analysis”. It is attached in the files section. Compare and discuss your analysis with your classmates’ analyses. 

This should be scholarly writing of master’s level, APA formatted, and referenced and double-spaced neat paper. A minimum of 2 references are required excluding Lyth’s article. These references should be dated between 2011 and 2017).


Nursing science and research matter are characterized by concepts that bear features that share several similarities with those in other disciplines, only that applications are quite different (Petri, 2010). It is, therefore, imperative that nursing as a discipline should be focused on eliminating these ambiguities in the understanding of concepts therein. One possible method to use in this respect is Rodger’s evolutionary method for concept analysis, which is, a systematic method of concept analysis that consists of the use of distinct phases in the analysis process which in effect results in clarifying, describing, and explaining the concept under discussion (Tofthagen, & Fagerstrøm, 2010). These phases can broadly be identified as follows: phase 1 – determining the concept to be analyzed, phase 2 – the analysis stage, and phase 3 – conclusions and recommendations for further research (Tofthagen, & Fagerstrøm, 2010). Using Lyth,s analysis of the concept of clinical supervision in the article, “Clinical supervision: a concept analysis”, this paper seeks to analyze the use of Rodger’s evolutionary method of concept analysis.


            Lyth‘s article applies the evolutionary method in analyzing the concept of clinical supervision. The article begins by identifying clinical supervision as a concept whose definition and understanding has been elusive in the nursing discipline hence the need for its analysis. Lyth identifies that a number of definitions and models for the same have been presented even though the concept remains misconceived (Lyth, 2000). Second, he goes on to explore the history, characteristics, effects, and the usage of the concept within the nursing domain. Third, he concludes by giving his proposal for the definition of the concept which in his view will serve to bring clarity to the understanding of the concept. He defines clinical supervision as the secure, confidential support mechanism used by practitioners to share their experiences for the purpose of knowledge enhancement (Lyth, 2000). He also gives recommendations for future studies in concepts that a closely related to clinical supervision citing reflective practice, counseling, empowerment, and mentorship among other as examples (Lyth, 2000).


Lyth, G. M. (2000). Clinical supervision: a concept analysis. Journal of Advanced Nursing31(3), 722-729.

Petri, L. (2010). Concept analysis of interdisciplinary collaboration. In Nursing Forum (Vol. 45, No. 2, pp. 73-82). Blackwell Publishing Inc.

Tofthagen, R., & Fagerstrøm, L. M. (2010). Rodgers’ evolutionary concept analysis–a valid method for developing knowledge in nursing science. Scandinavian journal of caring sciences24(1), 21-31.

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