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    ICNP® Going Live in Nursing Homes
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    Randi A. Mortensen & Gunnar H. Nielsen
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    It has been a major concern of our almost ten years of efforts within the field of health and nursing informatics to avoid any extra registration burdens for nurses when introducing health related classifications in nursing. In our research we have therefore focused on the use of ICNP® for purposes of recycling of data instead of more traditional uses of classifications where the introduction of classifications have led to the pitfall of introducing extra registration burdens in relation to data collection for specific purposes defined by specific nursing minimum data sets. We have focused on two aspects of the use of ICNP® in electronic records. Firstly, entry of ICNP® data in relation to daily systematic documentation of nursing care and secondly, statistical analysis of ICNP® data extracted from electronic patient records in relation to clinical research. Objectives A major objective is thus to demonstrate the potential benefits in terms of aggregated information about nursing practice from implementing electronic patient records supporting the nursing process and enabled with combinatorial classifications like the ICNP®. In particular, we plan to conduct clinical projects and studies describing health relevant phenomena from a nursing perspective among the population of elderly in nursing homes according to various relevant designs. Methods The particular method that we intend to use for data collection brings us right to the heart of our clinical research as situated within the field of health and nursing informatics. Our intention is to use ICNP®, as installed in electronic patient records, as a scientific research instrument for purposes of measuring nursing practice. Expected Results Derived from this electronic deployment of ICNP® as part of our clinical research efforts we are expecting results regarding: * The diversity of problems and resources (nursing diagnoses) * The variability of practice patterns (nursing interventions) * The variations of clinical results (nursing outcomes) It is natural from the results of such clinical research projects and studies also to expect recommendations and suggestions of a methodological nature for the further development of ICNP® as a scientific research instrument.
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