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November 1998


This article was peer-reviewed. It was published in Nursing Economic$, 14(6): 368-71, November/December 1996. (Journal homepage: Copyright is retained by Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc.


The demand for information about quality is greater now than ever. Despite the significance of quality to consumers, providers, and insurers of health care, information related to this phenomenon, although plentiful, has been plagued by the lack of consistent definitions, frameworks, and outcome measurements. This inconsistency leads to the inability to compare and evaluate patient outcomes from study to study and across practice settings. Assessing recovery, including symptom distress and functioning, is increasingly significant because extended operations requiring longer anesthesia are being performed in the ambulatory surgery setting. Outcomes must be linked to specific processes, and outcome information should include enough of the nurse's population to make it meaningful and useful.

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