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Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem

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JENSEN, Rodrigo  and  LOPES, Maria Helena Baena de Moraes. Nursing and fuzzy logic: an integrative review. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2011, vol.19, n.1, pp. 195-202. ISSN 0104-1169.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-11692011000100026.

This study conducted an integrative review investigating how fuzzy logic has been used in research with the participation of nurses. The article search was carried out in the CINAHL, EMBASE, SCOPUS, PubMed and Medline databases, with no limitation on time of publication. Articles written in Portuguese, English and Spanish with themes related to nursing and fuzzy logic with the authorship or participation of nurses were included. The final sample included 21 articles from eight countries. For the purpose of analysis, the articles were distributed into categories: theory, method and model. In nursing, fuzzy logic has significantly contributed to the understanding of subjects related to: imprecision or the need of an expert; as a research method; and in the development of models or decision support systems and hard technologies. The use of fuzzy logic in nursing has shown great potential and represents a vast field for research.

Keywords : Nursing; Fuzzy Logic; Review Literature as Topic.

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