For my capstone project, I need to choose a theoretical framework to guide my literature review. I've taken multiple research classes, written a handful of comprehensive research papers and reviews, but I have never come across instructions to include theoretical framework until now. This is new to me and I am struggling with finding appropriate framework. All nursing theorist framework seem like a stretch for my paper because my topic has nothing to do with nursing - it's about inappropriate prescribing in the elderly. Sure, I would like to incorporate the role of the APN in solving this issue, but the content of the paper is really just not nursing related.
My advisor threw some words out there like "systems outcomes process" and "systems theory" but when I google, nothing really clicks with me. Everything's so abstract and I feel like I'm BS-ing the theory into my paper. I wish there was a list of conceptual framework, with definitions, so I could choose one.
Does any one have any ideas for a theoretical or conceptual framework? Something along the lines of medication safety, improving outcomes, etc? Where can I find framework? And how do I know if its like, real? Like, how do I know if it's legitimate framework? Or just one person who is suggesting some framework? I am really confused and wish one of my research courses covered this in any way.
Anything advice would help. Thanks.