A New Guide for Implementing Nursing-Sensitive Performance Measures

Developing standardized technical specifications for nursing-sensitive quality of care performance measures

From October 2004 to December 2005, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (now known as the Joint Commission) created, tested and disseminated specifications for implementing 15 "nursing-sensitive" performance measures.

The measures, endorsed by the National Quality Forum, provide a framework for evaluating the ways nurses in acute-care hospitals contribute to patient safety, health care quality and a professional work environment.

Key Results:

  • Project staff produced the Implementation Guide for the National Quality Forum (NQF) Endorsed Nursing-Sensitive Care Performance Measures. The guide provides standardized specifications for hospitals and other health care organizations to use in collecting and analyzing data on the measures.
  • Project staff conducted several evaluations of the implementation guide with potential users and revised it based on the results.
  • The Joint Commission added the specifications to its list of standards from which hospitals can choose to gain accreditation.

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