Nurses' integration of outcomes assessment data into practice

Outcomes Manag. 2004 Jan-Mar;8(1):13-8.


The purpose of this article is to provide initial insight from rational and phenomenologic theoretical perspectives into how nurses integrate baseline and follow-up outcomes assessment data into practice to inform their clinical decision-making. Preliminary findings from 29 nurse interviews indicate that some nurses use outcomes assessment data for evaluating their interventions and for decisions concerning initial and/or discharge planning. Nurses' perceived usefulness of outcomes data was based on task complexity and nurses' level of expertise.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Clinical Competence / standards
  • Data Collection
  • Data Interpretation, Statistical
  • Decision Making
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Hospitals, Teaching
  • Humans
  • Knowledge
  • Logic
  • Mental Processes
  • Needs Assessment / organization & administration
  • Nursing Assessment / organization & administration
  • Nursing Methodology Research
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / education
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / psychology*
  • Ontario
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care / organization & administration*
  • Patient Care Planning / organization & administration*
  • Patient Discharge
  • Qualitative Research
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Workload