Nursing dependency, diagnosis-related groups, and length of hospital stay.
Halloran, Edward J
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Most efforts to modify the diagnosis-related group (DRG) case classification system focus on variables related to medical
management. In this study, we investigated the separate but related natures of medicine and nursing by examining 1,288 adult
medical and surgical patients in an urban teaching hospital. The complexity of medical treatment was measured by use of the
DRG relative cost weight. The nursing indicator was derived from a set of nursing diagnoses. We found that the DRG cost weight
is a poor predictor of nursing dependency and that the nursing dependence index added significantly to the DRG weight in explaining
length of stay.
Diagnosis-Related Groups : Length of Stay : Nursing Assessment : Data Collection : Evaluation Studies : Hospital Bed Capacity,
500 and over : Nursing Service, Hospital/classification : Ohio : Statistics