Evaluating physical functional outcomes: one category of the NOC system.

S. J. Johnson, K. Brady-Schluttner, S. Ellenbecker, M. Johnson, E. Lassegard, M. Maas, J. L. Stone, B. L. Westra

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All professional health care disciplines are now being held accountable to demonstrate the outcomes they produce. It is imperative that nurses demonstrate the difference they make in patient care to justify the cost of professional nursing. Standardized language is needed to aggregate data and report information on nursing interventions and associated outcomes. The Nursing Outcomes Classification (NOC) system is the first comprehensive classification of nursing-sensitive patient outcomes. In this review, the development of this classification system with specific results related to physical functional status and implications of NOC for nursing practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)157-162
Number of pages6
JournalMedsurg nursing : official journal of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1996


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