Decision support and outcomes of nurses' care planning

Joan Norris, Janet Cuddigan, Merry Foyt, Gary Leak

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One hundred and forty-three nurses served as their own controls in planning care for hypothetical patients under three different manipulated conditions of decision support: (a) use of traditional resources, (b) use of a computerized protocol for care planning (NPC), and (c) use of an NPC protocol and a self-study guide. A series of 3 × 5 repeated-measures ANOVAs (analyses of variance) were used to evaluate the main effects and interactions of the experimental treatment conditions and the two nurse attribute variables of education and experience (each with five levels). The ANOVAs demonstrated significantly higher mean ratings of quality for care planned under both computerized decision support conditions than for the traditional condition on all three patient problem situations (F(df2) = 7.9, p = 0.001). Time on task was also significant (F(df2) = 5.7, p = 0.003), with use of the decision-support consultants tending to increase time in planning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)827-833
Number of pages7
JournalProceedings - Annual Symposium on Computer Applications in Medical Care
StatePublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings: Thirteenth Annual Symposium on Computer Applications in Medical Care (SCAMC-13) - Washington, DC, USA
Duration: Nov 5 1989Nov 8 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Medicine(all)


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