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J Nurs Care Qual. 2000 Jan;14(2):21-32.

Evaluating advanced practice nursing care through use of a heuristic framework.

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University of California, USA.


In our modification of a quality of care framework, we blended the labels of both models with respect to structure, labeling it structure/inputs. We then specified the types of characteristics in each of the 12 cells that can guide the evaluation of the areas of interest in a primary care system. The identification of characteristics of this conceptual framework and its subsequent application are important for a number of reasons. Specifically, this framework systematically organizes standardized data elements that are critical to monitoring and subsequently improving quality of care, guiding research, influencing policy, and developing nurse-sensitive patient outcomes.

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