Understanding hierarchical linear models: applications in nursing research.

  title={Understanding hierarchical linear models: applications in nursing research.},
  author={Adeniyi J. Adewale and Leslie A. Hayduk and Carole A. Estabrooks and Greta G Cummings and William K. Midodzi and Linda Derksen},
  journal={Nursing research},
  volume={56 4 Suppl},
Nurses practice within hierarchical organizations and occupational structures. Hence, data emanating from nursing environments are structured, often inherently, hierarchically. From the perspective of ordinary regression, such structuring constitutes a statistical problem because this violates the assumption that we have observed independent and identical cases. A preferable approach is to employ analytical methods that mesh with the kinds of natural aggregations present in nursing environments… CONTINUE READING