Feasibility of describing wellbeing and strengths at the community level utilizing the Omaha System

Grace Gao, Madeleine J Kerr, Karen A Monsen

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Capturing strengths at the community level offers an emergent perspective to a strength-based approach for population health. The Omaha System standardized terminology has been found feasible to describe individual strengths in patient care planning. This study depicts results of using the Omaha System to capture strengths at the community level. Descriptive statistics and visualization were used to examine patterns of strengths and signs/symptoms by Omaha System Problem concept based on the secondary data analysis from 118 student-generated community assessments. Results suggest that it is feasible to use the Omaha System as a method classifying strengths and problems at the community level. The relationship between strengths and signs/symptoms is consistent with the pattern observed at the individual-level. Utilizing a strength-based model may provide robust information about community strengths leading to new approaches to population health management in support of community wellbeing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNursing Informatics 2016 - eHealth for All
Subtitle of host publicationEvery Level Collaboration - From Project to Realization
EditorsWalter Sermeus, Patrick Weber, Paula M. Procter
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781614996576
StatePublished - 2016
Event13th International Conference on Nursing Informatics, NI 2016 - Geneva, Switzerland
Duration: Jun 25 2016Jun 29 2016

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365


Other13th International Conference on Nursing Informatics, NI 2016

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Publisher Copyright:
© 2016 IMIA and IOS Press.


  • Community assessment
  • Omaha System
  • Population health
  • Standardized terminology
  • Strength
  • Wellbeing


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