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Do We Know How Much the Evidence-Based Intervention Cost?

Newhouse, Robin P. PhD, RN, NEA, BC, CNOR

Journal of Nursing Administration: July-August 2010 - Volume 40 - Issue 7/8 - p 296-299
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0b013e3181e93760
Departments: Evidence and the Executive

In this department, Dr Newhouse highlights hot topics in nursing outcomes, research, and evidence-based practice relevant to the nurse administrator. The goal is to discuss the practical implications for nurse leaders in diverse healthcare settings. Content includes evidence-based projects and decision making, locating measurement tools for quality improvement and safety projects, using outcome measures to evaluate quality, practice implications of administrative research, and exemplars of projects that demonstrate innovative approaches to organizational problems. In this article, the author discusses the importance of measuring evidence-based practice intervention costs, introduces common approaches to measuring cost, and interviews a healthcare economist, Dr Kevin Frick.

Author Affiliation: Assistant Dean, for the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, and Associate Professor, University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore.

Corresponding author: School of Nursing, University of Maryland, 655 West Lombard St, Baltimore, MD 21201 (

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.