Stress and inflammation: A biobehavioral approach for nursing research

Duck Hee Kang, Marti Rice, Na Jin Park, Anne Turner-Henson, Charles Downs

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Despite known advantages, the use of biobehavioral approaches in nursing research remains limited. The purposes of this article are to (1) present applications of stress and inflammation in various health conditions as examples of biobehavioral concepts and (2) stimulate similar applications of biobehavioral concepts in future nursing research. Under a biobehavioral conceptual framework, studies on stress and selective inflammatory biomarkers in cardiovascular, cancer, and pulmonary health are reviewed and summarized. Inflammation underlies many diseases, and stress is a significant source of increased inflammation. Biobehavioral concepts of stress and inflammation are highly relevant to nursing research concerned with healthrelated issues. Diverse biobehavioral concepts are readily applicable and should be utilized in nursing research with children and adults. To stimulate further biobehavioral research, more training and resources for nurse scientists, more unified conceptual definitions and biobehavioral conceptual frameworks, rigorous and expanded methodologies, and more collaboration are essential.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)730-760
Number of pages31
JournalWestern Journal of Nursing Research
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • biobehavioral research
  • health
  • inflammation
  • stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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