Using the statistical analysis program SPSS, this book shows how to analyze patient outcomes data and create graphs summarizing this data.
The first part of this book serves as a primer for nurses and other health professionals who are learning how to measure outcomes. The second part includes a series of case studies describing successful patient outcomes projects.
The examples selected range from the straightforward assessment of length of stay and re-admission rate before and after the introduction of a care pathway, to the more complicated efforts to assess the impact of swimming on central venous catheter infection in children with cancer.
Some chapters represent the starting point for outcomes measurement, while other chapters are built upon previous work.
"This book brings together the experience of health care professionals and the lastest knowledge about what it takes to:
Identify and measure patient outcomes successfully and practically
Analyze and illustrate reliable and valid outcomes data using the latest technology and computer packages; and
Utilize the results of systematic, interdisciplinary outcomes studies to improve care and plan future studies." -- Veronica F. Rempusheski, PhD, RN, FAAN * Foreword *