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Relationships Between Processes and Outcomes of Nurse Practitioners in Acute Care: An Exploration

Sidani, Souraya PhD; Doran, Diane PhD, RN

doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0b013e3181b1f41e

This nonexperimental repeated-measure study examined the relationships between processes (coordination of care, and provision of counseling and education) and outcomes (symptom resolution, functional status, and satisfaction with care) expected of acute care nurse practitioners (ACNPs). The data were obtained from 320 patients admitted to medical, surgical, and cardiac units. The results indicated positive association between the process and outcome variables, providing initial evidence delineating care processes of ACNPs that contribute to the achievement of nursing-sensitive outcomes.

School of Nursing, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Dr Sidani); and Nursing Health Services Research Unit, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Dr Doran).

Corresponding Author: Souraya Sidani, PhD, School of Nursing, Ryerson University, 350 Victoria St, Toronto, ON M5B 2K3, Canada (

This study was funded by the National Health Research and Development Program and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Accepted for publication: June 4, 2009

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