Advancing nursing science through health trajectory research: An introduction

Jean F Wyman, Susan J. Henly

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The Minnesota Center for Health Trajectory Research has focused on developing ways to better understand how interventions influence health trajectories during transitional, acute, or chronic health challenges across the life span. The health trajectory perspective advances nursing science by providing a person-centered point of view that emphasizes change in health over time within individuals, families, groups, or communities. Theoretical considerations and statistical modeling approaches used in studying health trajectories, along with exemplars from nursing research studies from this special issue of Nursing Research, are highlighted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S1-S4
JournalNursing research
Issue number3 SUPPL.
StatePublished - May 2011


  • developmental research centers
  • health trajectory


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