Standards of care: are they being used?

J Nurs Care Qual. 2011 Jul-Sep;26(3):273-8. doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0b013e31820d73a8.


Electronic access to standards of care is viewed as a promising strategy for increasing evidence-based practice. Before determining whether electronic access to standards will increase nurses' use of standards of care, data on their current rate of utilization are needed. Using 2 standards of care, Fluid Volume Excess and Manic Behavior, we used retrospective chart reviews to gather baseline information. Insights from these findings are presented.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Guideline Adherence / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Nursing Care / standards*
  • Nursing Records
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Practice Patterns, Nurses' / standards*