Title

Outcomes of Care: The Use of Conceptual Models to "See the Forest and the Trees" in Planning Outcomes Studies

Department

Nursing

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-2001

Abstract

Outcomes research provides many opportunities to explore how care activities, care processes, and care systems impact on individuals and health care resources. This article discusses clinical outcomes research and its connection to real-life situations. A model-building approach is presented to clarify the process of outcomes research by acknowledging multiple variables and how they interact. The process is illustrated through a hypothetical model addressing coronary artery disease. The usefulness of using conceptual modeling tying related variables together while creating a framework for increased understanding of key variables and their interaction is discussed.

Journal

Topics in Health Information Management

Journal ISSN

1065-0989

Volume

22

Issue

2

First Page

10

Last Page

14

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