Using patient acuity data to manage patient care outcomes and patient care costs

Outcomes Manag Nurs Pract. Jan-Mar 2001;5(1):36-40.


This article describes actual reported uses for patient acuity data that go beyond historical uses in determining staffing allocations. These expanded uses include managing patient care outcomes and health care costs. The article offers the patient care executive examples of how objective, valid, and reliable data are used to drive approaches to effectively influence decision making in an increasingly competitive health care environment.

MeSH terms

  • Cost Control
  • Diagnosis-Related Groups / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Nursing Assessment / organization & administration*
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care / organization & administration*
  • Patients / classification*
  • Personnel Staffing and Scheduling
  • Quality of Health Care
  • Surveys and Questionnaires