|School of Nursing|
“Nursing’s legacy of keen observation, combined with a focus on the multiple environmental factors that influence human health and illness, has been the foundation for contemporary nursing research in general and women’s health research in particular.”
This introduction by nurse researcher and UW School of Nursing Dean Nancy Fugate Woods summarizes why women’s health was chosen as the only topic for the 2001 edition of the Annual Review of Nursing Research, a compilation co-edited by Woods and fellow women’s health scientist Dr. Diana Taylor that has been named “Book of the Year” by the American Journal of Nursing.
Woods and Taylor drew upon their own knowledge as internationally renowned women’s health researchers to select the work of 11 nurse scientists whose research typifies the ways that women’s health has moved away from a “disease model” to a specialty focusing on wellness and illness within the framework of life experiences. Introduced by a historic overview of women’s health scholarship, this 19th volume of the Annual Review series examines contemporary women’s health in terms of women’s social roles, diversity issues, and the influence of factors such as stress, fatigue, domestic violence, health decision-making and menstrual difficulties.
Woods is founder and former director of the UW Center for Women’s Health Research in the School of Nursing. Taylor, associate professor of nursing at the University of California, San Francisco, has been co-director of the UCSF Center for Collaborative Primary Care and was also director of the UCSF Women’s Primary Care Program.