Testing and implementing nursing-sensitive quality of care performance measures

The Foundation has supported the identification of 15 nursing-sensitive performance measures in the hospital setting that assess the influence of nursing care on patient outcomes and hospital performance. This project will support the testing of these nursing-sensitive performance measures as a set to ensure that they reliably assess the contribution of nurses to quality of care in hospitals. This is an essential step before the nursing-sensitive measures can be considered for inclusion in hospital reporting and pay-for-performance programs. This project will be considered successful if it provides empirical evidence on: (1) the effectiveness of the measures when used together as an integrated set of measures; (2) the impact of the measure set in assessing and improving the quality of nursing and patient care; (3) the capacity for discriminating nursing-specific variance within multidisciplinary care processes; and (4) evaluation of reliability based on organizational implementation at the data element, measure and measure set level. Once the nursing-sensitive care measure set is ready, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations will offer this measure set as an option to accredited hospitals to meet performance measurement requirements.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $299,490.00

Awarded on: 12/18/2006

Time frame: 1/1/2007 - 12/31/2008

Grant Number: 59409


Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations

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Oakbrook Terrace, 60181-4294


Sharon Sprenger
Project Director