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Open Access Representing Nursing Practice: Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Nursing Classification System Dresser un portrait fidèle des soins infirmiers: évaluation d'un système de classification

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The purpose of this study was to examine the effectiveness of the International Classification for Nursing Practice (ICNP) in representing the contributions of nursing to health-care outcomes in Canada. The ICNP Beta Version was used to code retrospective nursing data extracted from patient records originating in acute care, in-patient mental health care, home care, and long-term-care practice settings. In spite of wide variation in documentation practices, ICNP achieved matches with the majority of nursing data. The study revealed areas for improvement in the ICNP Beta Version, specifically with regard to granularity related to the use of natural language terms and professional terms. Recommendations for further development through research in nursing-sensitive outcomes are discussed.

Cette étude visait à analyser l'application de la Classification internationale de la pratique en soins infirmiers (CIPSI) au Canada, relativement à l'apport des soins infirmiers aux résultats cliniques. On s'est servi de la version bêta du CIPSI pour codifier des données rétrospectives sur les soins infirmiers extraites des dossiers de patients ayant séjourné aux soins intensifs, été admis aux soins psychiatriques, reçu des soins à domicile ou admis dans un établissement de soins de longue durée. En dépit des variations notables observées dans les pratiques de documentation, on constate une correspondance entre le CIPSI et l'essentiel des données. L'étude souligne les améliorations dont pourrait bénéficier la version bêta, notamment en ce qui concerne la granularité relative à l'usage des termes propres au langage naturel et au langage professionnel. Les auteures font certaines recommandations sur le perfectionnement de l'instrument, fondées sur la recherche axée sur les résultats attribuables aux soins infirmiers.


Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2007

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