Categorisation of the patient's medical condition--an analysis of nursing judgement

Int J Nurs Stud. 1995 Oct;32(5):413-22. doi: 10.1016/0020-7489(95)00044-x.


This paper is a report of a study designed to explore the way in which community and hospital based nurses categorised 35 medical conditions. The results, obtained from a series of card-sorts using a Multiple Sorting Task and a modified Q-Sort, found that nurses used four global sub-categories of severity to categorise them. The findings provided a basis for an analysis of nursing assessment and established that they were realised as prognostic judgements. Discussion of the structure of the categories led to a possibility that the cognitive skill referred to as 'intuition' could be explained by the way in which clinical knowledge comes to be organised in memory.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Forecasting
  • Humans
  • Judgment*
  • London
  • Memory
  • Nursing Diagnosis*
  • Problem Solving*
  • Severity of Illness Index