Conceptual Model of Nursology for Enhancing Equity and Quality: Population Health and Health Policy

Contributor: Jacqueline Fawcett

Author: Jacqueline Fawcett

First published – 2021

Concepts of the Conceptual Model of Nursology for Enhancing Equity and Quality: Population Health and Health Policy © Jacqueline Fawcett 2023

Major Concepts

  • Equity
  • Quality
  • Population health
  • Health policies
  • Environments—cultural, socioeconomic, physical
  • Population factors-genetics, behavior, physiology, resilience
  • Population health concern—health condition (wellness, illness, disease), context (historical, sociological, political, economic)
  • Stakeholders—the population, politicians, special interest groups, health care personnel, policy administrators
  • Health policy—policy context (context (historical, sociological, political, economic), policy source/agenda (public, organizational, professional), policy component (health care personnel, health care services, expenditures), policy focus (efficacy, efficiency, effectiveness, access, utilization, social justice)
  • Population-centered nursologists’ activities– screening, planning, and intervention for wellness promotion, restoration, and maintenance; screening, planning, and intervention for illness and disease prevention
  • Population quality of life—wellness, disease burden, functional status, life expectancy, mortality

Typology – Conceptual Model of Nursology

Description – Relational propositions

  1. The reciprocal relation between environments and population factors is related to the population health concern.
  2. The relation between the population health concern and health policy is moderated by stakeholders.
  3. The relation between the health policy and population-centered nursologists’ activities is moderated by stakeholders.
  4. There is a relation between population-centered nursologists’ activities and population quality of life. (Fawcett, 2021, p. 114)

Primary Source

Fawcett, J., (2021). The conceptual model of nursology for enhancing equity and quality: Population health and health policy. In M. Moss & J. Phillips (Eds.), Health equity and nursing: Achieving equity through policy, population health, and interprofessional collaboration (pp. 101-117). Springer.


Jacqueline Fawcett

Jacqueline Fawcett is a professor in the Department of Nursing (Nursology) at the  University of Massachusetts Boston. Although she has conducted two major programs of research during her career, one guided by Rogers’ Science of Unitary Human Beings and the other guided by Roy’s Adaptation Model, her passion is meta-theory, that is, the nature and structure of knowledge in nursing, which is the focus of this book.