ARTICLESVentricular Dysrhythmias Nursing Approaches to Health OutcomesDunbar, Sandra B. DSN, RN, FAAN; Funk, Marjorie PhD, RN, FAAN; Wood, Kathryn PhD, RN; Valderrama, Amy L. MSN, RNAuthor Information Charles Howard Candler Professor, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University, Atlanta, Ga. (Dunbar) Professor, Yale University School of Nursing, New Haven, Conn. (Funk) Atrial Fibrillation Research Coordinator, Cardiac Electrophysiology, University of California, San Francisco, Calif. (Wood) Doctoral student, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University, Atlanta, Ga. (Valderrama) Corresponding author Sandra B. Dunbar, DSN, RN, FAAN, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University, 1520 Clifton Rd, NE, Atlanta, GA 30322 (e-mail: [email protected]). This work was partially supported by funding from NIH NINR grant R01 NRO5187 (Psychoeducational Intervention for ICD Patients). The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing: September 2004 - Volume 19 - Issue 5 - p 316-328 Buy Abstract Cardiovascular nurses contribute significantly to health outcomes and frequently assume responsibility for the clinical and organizational processes to ensure positive outcomes for patients and families. In ventricular dysrhythmia populations, nurses have provided evidence for practices that influence outcomes and have studied patient outcomes related to mortality, morbidity, quality of life, psychological and physical functioning, symptoms, and family responses. Additionally, nurses have contributed to understanding organizational outcomes, such as costs and resource use related to patients with dysrhythmias. Most ventricular dysrhythmia outcome studies are descriptive. More intervention research is needed to develop a cohesive and comprehensive body of evidence upon which to base dysrhythmia nursing care to improve patient outcomes. © 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.