Using nursing diagnoses to explain utilization in a community nursing center

Amy Coenen, Karen Dorman Marek, Sally P. Lundeen

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The purpose of this study was to examine the usefulness of nursing diagnoses, based on the Omaha System framework, in explaining utilization of primary health care services in a Community Nursing Center (CNC). Utilization was defined as the number of client visits at the CNC. Data were obtained from a total of 331 client records where the Omaha System taxonomy was used in the documentation of nursing diagnoses with each nurse/client encounter. Hierarchic regression analysis was conducted to examine predictors of utilization. Nursing diagnoses were significant predictors of utilization at the CNC above and beyond client demographics. These findings suggest that nursing diagnoses data may be useful in explaining clients' use of CNCs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)441-445
Number of pages5
JournalResearch in Nursing and Health
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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