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Researchers receive $2.4 million to develop standardized nursing
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Researchers at the University of Iowa College of
Nursing have received more than $2.4 million from the National Institutes
of Health to continue development of a standardized language to describe
patient outcomes that result from nursing care.
The four-year contract award comes through NIH's National Institute
of Nursing Research and will be administered by the UI Center for Nursing
Classification's Nursing Outcomes Classification project. The funding will
support testing and validation of outcome classifications and measurement
scales that have already been developed.
"We're very pleased to receive continued support for this project,"
principal investigator Marion Johnson, Ph.D., said. "Our work is at
a critical juncture, and this funding will permit us to test the outcome
classifications in the real world."
Johnson is an associate professor of nursing and director of the nursing
college's graduate programs. Her co-principal investigators on the project
are Meridean Maas, Ph.D., professor of nursing, and Sue Moorhead, Ph.D.,
assistant professor of nursing.
Nursing outcomes are changes in patients' health status that result
from nursing care. Using standardized terms to refer to these outcomes
is important, Johnson said, because computerization of patient records
and managed care require that information about patients be accessible
to different health care providers in a consistent format. Also, Johnson
said, a standard language will facilitate better communication among nurses,
other health care professionals and patients.
The nursing outcomes classification project previously received $1 million
in NIH funding to develop an initial catalog of outcomes from surveys,
academic literature and other sources. Investigators also identified key
indicators to be used as measuring sticks in assessing patients' health
The classification system developed at the UI has already been recognized
by the American Nurses Association, and Johnson said the project's goal
is to become the major unified language for nursing outcomes. The new NIH
grant will be used to field test the system in various care settings in
Iowa, Illinois and Michigan, including hospitals, nursing homes and home
A coordinator at each of the study sites will work with the principal
investigators and with local care givers to put the outcome classifications
into practice. Members of the research team then will assess the validity
and usefulness of the outcomes as well as the indicators used to measure
them. Additional outcomes will be developed as needed to describe those
not previously covered by the existing classification.