The Nursing Minimum Data Set, standardized language, and health care quality

Connie Dslaney, Sue Moorhead

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Providers and consumers of health care have been attempting to define quality for the past several decades. The article describes one of nursing’s contributions to the multidlsciplinary health care quality revolution: Its ability to provide a more complete and holistic picture of the consumer (patients/clients). Nursings focus on responses to health care problems, not just illness events in Isolation, provides insight into causes and effective management strategies for health problems. The Nursing Minimum Data Set (NMDS) documents patient/client responses, interventions, patient-sensitive outcomes, and resource consumption. By implementing the NMDS, nursing collaborates with other health care professionals to identify the needs of patient populations as well as the needs of individual patients. The article examines the relationship of the NMDS to other health care databases used in quality measurement, describes the integral role of standardized language in implementing the NMDS. provides examples of NMDS data analyses to address specific aspects of quality measurement, and outlines a methodology for using nonstandardized data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)16-30
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Nursing Care Quality
Issue number1
StatePublished - Oct 1995


  • Classification
  • North American Nursing Diagnosis Association
  • Nursing Intervention Classification
  • Nursing Minimum Data Set
  • Nursing Outcome Classification
  • Omaha System
  • Standardized language


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