Outcome Assessment in Advanced Practice Nursing

Author: Ruth M. Kleinpell

Publisher: Springer Publishing Company

ISBN: 9780826116291

Category: Medical

Page: 273

View: 7015

This book provides up-to-date resources and examples of outcome measures, tools and methods that can be used by APNs in their quest to keep pace with new developments in the rapidly expanding field of outcome measurement. The chapter authors, recognized expert practitioners, offer invaluable insight into the process of conducting outcomes assessments in all APN practice, including the clinical nurse, nurse practitioner, certified registered nurse anesthetist and certified nurse midwife practice specialties. Detailed figures, tables, and examples of outcome studies from actual research in APN practice make this an essential resource for evaluating the true impact the advanced practice nurse has on the delivery and fulfillment of care.

Outcome Assessment in Advanced Practice Nursing 4e

Author: Dr. Ruth M. Kleinpell, PhD, RN-CS, FAAN, FAANP, FCCM

Publisher: Springer Publishing Company

ISBN: 0826138632

Category: Medical

Page: 296

View: 5142

Recipient of the AJN Book of the Year Award for the 2nd and 3rd Editions! Third Edition named a Doody's Core Title As the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) role continues to expand in today's health care environment, APRNs are more frequently tasked with quantifying, evaluating, and improving their individual care processes, as well as demonstrating the impact of their care. Revised to provide APRN students and educators, practicing APRNs, and nursing administrators with the most up-to-date information on outcome assessment, the fourth edition of this award-winning text is still the only nursing resource to exclusively focus on outcome assessment. Written by expert practitioners, educators and researchers, this fourth edition continues to analyze the foundations of outcome assessment, provide guidelines for selecting assessment instruments and measuring results, discuss design and implementation challenges in outcomes assessment, and provide an unequaled wellspring of information that will help APRNs to increase their skill level and enhance their professional practice role. New to this edition, additional sections focus on practice specific quality metrics for demonstrating APRN impact, and provide information on a national collaborative launched specifically to showcase outcomes of APRN-led initiatives as part of the Choosing Wisely Campaign. New to the Fourth Edition: Expanded coverage of DNP impact on outcomes Complete updates on practice specific outcomes for all clinical areas of APRN practice including nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, certified registered nurse anesthetists, and certified nurse midwife. Instructor Manual including algorithms and teaching tools Key Features: Examines in depth the foundations of outcome assessment Addresses specialty areas of APRN practice and specialty-specific considerations for outcome evaluation Provides guidelines for selecting assessment instruments and measuring the results Describes design and implementation pitfalls Helps APRNs to increase skill level regarding evaluation of outcomes

Outcome Assessment in Advanced Practice Nursing, Second Edition

Author: Dr. Ruth M. Kleinpell, PhD, RN-CS, FAAN, FAANP, FCCM

Publisher: Springer Publishing Company

ISBN: 0826125832

Category: Medical

Page: 328

View: 5881

Winner of an AJN Book of the Year Award for 2009! Designated a Doody's Core Title! "This is an excellent and timely tool for advanced practice nurses." Score: 100, 5 stars --Doody's "This book serves as an ideal tool for assisting APNs in gaining an understanding of the process of outcomes assessment....[A] useful resource for APN students, researchers, educators, and administrators...." --Gail L. Ingersoll, EdD, RN, FAAN Director, Center for Outcomes Measurement and Practice Innovation Loretta Ford Professor of Nursing University of Rochester Medical Center (From the Foreword) Measuring patient outcomes is arguably the most important job of the advanced practice nurse (APN)-yet conducting outcome assessment and selecting the appropriate instruments for measuring outcome continue to be a challenge, even to the best in the field. This newly revised edition provides APNs with up-to-date resources and examples of outcome measures, tools, and methods that can be used to expand the APN's understanding of outcome assessment. The chapters outline numerous examples of practice-based outcome assessments, with detailed descriptions of how an assessment is conducted, as well as guidelines for identifying the proper instruments for measuring outcome. New to this edition: An extensively updated literature review on outcome measurement A new chapter on outcomes assessment in primary care and ambulatory settings Guidelines for locating instruments and measures for assessment Information on an ongoing international initiative focusing on the development of an APN research data collection toolkit Written for nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified nurse midwives, certified registered nurse anesthetists, and graduate level APNs, this newly updated edition serves as an invaluable resource for APNs, regardless of specialty area of practice or practice setting.

Outcome Assessment in Advanced Practice Nursing

Third Edition

Author: Ruth M. Kleinpell, PhD, RN-CS, FAAN, FAANP, FCCM

Publisher: Springer Publishing Company

ISBN: 0826110487

Category: Medical

Page: 368

View: 1359

Awarded first place in the 2013 AJN Book of the Year Awards in the Advanced Practice Nursing category Named a Doody's Core Title "This is an excellent and timely tool for advanced practice nurses." Score: 100, 5 stars -Doody's Medical Reviews Measuring the results of APN care has become increasingly important as a way to demonstrate the significant impact of APN nurses on practice outcomes. The third edition of this award-winning volume has been updated to provide the most current knowledge, perspectives, and research on assessing outcomes of APN care. It addresses not only the health outcomes of APN practice but the economic impact of APN care as well. Chapters discuss outcome measurement in all areas of advance practice nursing, including identifying outcomes in specialty areas and in community and ambulatory settings. The text provides detailed descriptions of how to conduct outcomes assessments, how to locate the most current instruments and measures for APN assessment, and perspectives on international initiatives in APN assessment. Examples of outcomes studies at the DNP level are culled from the most current published projects. Written by expert practitioners, educators, and researchers in APN outcomes assessment, this book will provide the essential information to help all APNs-regardless of specialty area or practice setting-to increase their skill level in designing outcomes-focused clinical research, selecting instruments, and analyzing outcomes data as critical components of their professional practice role. The third edition is completely updated and expanded to include: A new chapter on assessing outcomes at the DNP level through data gained from the most current research An expanded literature review on outcomes measurement research Guidelines for selecting assessment instruments Perspectives on an international initiative for the development of an APN research data collection toolkit New chapter objectives and critical discussion questions Updated web links

Evaluation of Health Care Quality in Advanced Practice Nursing

Author: Joanne V. Hickey, PhD, RN, FAAN, FCCM,Christine A. Brosnan, DrPH, RN

Publisher: Springer Publishing Company

ISBN: 0826107672

Category: Medical

Page: 264

View: 8090

Named a 2013 Doody's Core Title! "This is a wonderful resource that fills a true gap in the literature. This is a topic that needs more exposure and more emphasis in the field of advanced practice nursing. The value of evaluation in healthcare quality will be seen in the outcomes of healthcare improvements." Score: 100, 5 Stars--Doody's Medical Reviews High-level evaluation skills reflecting national standards and benchmarks are becoming increasingly important in our changing health care climate. This is the only nursing textbook to lay the foundation for APNs to achieve the highest possible competency in conducting systematic and in-depth evaluations of all aspects of health care. Comprehensive in scope, it distills current best practice information from numerous sources to create a thorough and reliable resource for APN and DNP graduates. The text addresses both the theoretical basis of evaluation and its application as an integral part of contemporary practice. It provides an overview of evaluation science and critically examines the characteristics, sources, and quality of the nature of evidence. Several frameworks are described to provide the reader with different evaluation models, including those of economic evaluation. The text covers in detail the evaluation of organizations, systems, and standards for practice, including information systems and patient care technology, the redesign of health care in accordance with patient-family centered models, and the challenges of the current trend toward electronic medical records. Also addressed is the evaluation of populations and health care teams, including characteristics, risk factors, and determinants, as well as the emphasis on interdisciplinary collaborative health teams. Additionally, the text covers translating outcomes from evaluation into health care policy, and opportunities for advocacy and leadership among APNs. Key Features: Provides comprehensive coverage of evaluation of patient, population, systems, health team, and health care information systems technology outcomes Presents best practices and evidence-based practices that stress use in practice Uses case studies to illustrate application of evaluation in each practice area Stresses the importance of clear terminology in evaluation and provides definitions of relevant terms

Advanced nursing practice (ANP)

Author: Madrean Schober,Fadwa Affara

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783456845456

Category:

Page: 328

View: 764

"Advanced Nursing Practice" (ANP) beleuchtet das Thema der fortgeschrittenen Pflegepraxis und Expertise international aus der Perspektive der Praxis, Ausbildung, Regulierung, Forschung und Rollen-/Praxisentwicklung in der Pflege. Die Expertinnen des ICN zeigen warum ANP wichtig ist und wie ANP entwickelt, eingeführt, erhalten und unterstützt werden kann.

Advanced Practice Nursing E-Book

An Integrative Approach

Author: Ann B. Hamric,Judith A. Spross,Charlene M. Hanson

Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences

ISBN: 1437720080

Category: Medical

Page: 848

View: 5424

Covering all advanced practice competencies and roles, this book offers strategies for enhancing patient care and legitimizing your role within today’s health care system. It covers the history of advanced practice nursing, the theory behind the practice, and emerging issues. Offering a comprehensive exploration of advanced practice nursing, this edition also adds a focus on topics including the APN scope of practice, certification, and the ethical and legal issues that occur in clinical practice. The development of all major competencies of advanced practice nursing is discussed: direct clinical practice, consultation, coaching/guidance, research, leadership, collaboration, and ethical decision-making. Advanced practice competencies are discussed in relation to all advanced practice nursing and blended CNS-NP roles (case manager, acute care nurse practitioner), highlighting the shared aims and distinctions of each role. In-depth discussions on educational strategies explain how competencies develop as the nurses’ practice progresses. A chapter on research competencies demonstrates how to use evidence-based research in practice, and how to promote these research competencies to other APNs. A conceptual framework shows the clear relationship between the competencies, roles, and challenges in today’s health care environment. Practical strategies are provided for business management, contracting, and marketing. Comprehensive information covers the essential competencies of the new Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. More exemplars (case studies) provide real-life scenarios showing APN competencies in action. A new chapter shows how to provide reliable and valid data to substantiate your impact and justify equitable reimbursement for APN services, also enhancing your skills in quality improvement strategies, informatics, and systems thinking. Information on telehealth considerations covers the new sources of electronic healthcare information available to patients and describes how to counsel them on using reliable resources.

Transitioning into Hospital Based Practice

A Guide for Nurse Practitioners and Administrators

Author: Mona N. Bahouth, MSN, CRNP,Kay Blum, PhD, CRNP,Shari Simone, MS, RN, CPNP-AC, APRN-BC, FCCM

Publisher: Springer Publishing Company

ISBN: 0826157335

Category: Medical

Page: 336

View: 9764

"This is a unique and needed addition to the nursing literature. Historically, the role of the nurse practitioner was focused on primary care, but as the healthcare environment has changed, so has the need for nurse practitioners in the hospital setting....This valuable resource is a wonderful guide for nurse practitioners and administrators working to successfully create this transition in their organizations." Score: 98, 5 Stars.--Doody's Medical Reviews Transitioning into Hospital Based Practice: A Guide for Nurse Practitioners & Administrators is the first text to address the mutual issues of both NPs and administrators in successfully implementing NP practice in hospitals. This book addresses the planning, implementation, and evaluation process as well as the key factors that are critical to the success of the individual NP, and incorporates practical guidance from national NP experts. The NP recruitment, orientation, mentoring, and professional development are key to the individual and collective success of both the NP and the organization's outcomes. It is the commitment to this mutual success that sets this book apart from any other texts on this subject and makes it indispensible for students, practicing NPs, and administrators alike. Key Features: Provides concrete strategies for the NP and Administrator that support the transition from clinic to hospital-based APN practice Addresses a growing need for role identification and integration of the NP role into the hospital setting Covers the planning, implementation, and evaluation process of the hospital-based NP Focuses on the improvement of patient outcomes and cost reduction Written by national NP experts

Advanced Nursing Practice

An Integrative Approach

Author: Ann B. Hamric

Publisher: Saunders

ISBN: 9780721686325

Category: Medical

Page: 853

View: 7133

ADVANCED NURSING PRACTICE presents a comprehensive and scholarly presentation of the roles and issues related to advanced practice nursing. This unique text synthesizes concepts, practical strategies, and knowledge of current environmental forces with the goal of helping advanced practice nurses improve patient care and legitimize their roles in a changing health care system. The authors both define and describe all the competencies that make up advanced nursing practice including direct clinical practice, consultation, coaching, guidance, research, leadership, collaboration, and ethical decision-making.

Future of Advanced Registered Nursing Practice, An Issue of Nursing Clinics - E-Book

Author: Robin Donohoe Dennison

Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences

ISBN: 1455744190

Category: Medical

Page: 155

View: 1327

This issue of Nursing Clinics, Guest Edited by Robin Dennison, DNP, MSN, CCNS, RN, will focus on Future of Advanced Nursing Practice with topics including: regulatory procedures for APNs; future of the NP role; future of CNS role; future of nurse midwife role; future of the nurse anesthetist role; impact of LACE in public health; merging roles of the psychiatric mental health CNS and NP; impact of DNP on AP roles; future of reimbursement for APNs; role of APN in EBP; genetics and APNs; APNs in medical home; and executive role of the APN.

Pharmacology for the Primary Care Provider - E-Book

Author: Marilyn Winterton Edmunds,Maren Stewart Mayhew

Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences

ISBN: 0323063160

Category: Medical

Page: 864

View: 6143

Written by and for nurse practitioners, this practical textbook focuses on what primary care providers need to learn and practice drug therapy. With an overall emphasis on patient teaching and health promotion, you will learn how to provide effective patient teaching about medications and how to gain patient compliance. Drug coverage focuses on “key drugs rather than “prototype drugs, so you can find important information about the most commonly used drugs rather than the first drug in each class. You will also find discussions on the legal and professional issues unique to nurse practitioners and other primary care providers. The 3rd edition also features an expanded emphasis on established clinical practice guidelines and evidence-based practice, plus two new chapters that cover drugs for ADHD and drugs for dementia. UNIQUE! Written specifically for nurse practitioners with an overall emphasis on patient teaching and health promotion. UNIQUE! Covers specific topics such as prescriptive authority, role implementation, and writing prescriptions. Presents comprehensive coverage of the drugs most commonly prescribed in – and the issues most relevant to – primary care practice. UNIQUE! Identifies the Top 200 drugs in chapter openers with a special icon and covers them in-depth to familiarize you with the most important, need-to-know drug information. Uses a consistent heading scheme for each prototype drug discussion to make it easier to learn and understand key concepts. Includes an introductory chapter on “Design and Implementation of Patient Education that highlights content on patient teaching and compliance. Includes specific “Patient Education sections in each drug chapter. Provides extensive coverage of drug therapy for special populations to alert you to special considerations based on age, pregnancy, race and other factors. A separate chapter on “Complementary and Alternative Therapies discusses the available complementary and alternative modalities, including detailed information on actions, uses, and interactions of commonly used herbs. Drug Overview tables at the beginning of each chapter outline the classifications of drugs discussed and provide a handy reference of drug classes and subclasses, generic names, and trade names. Clinical Alerts highlight essential information that primary care providers must remember in order to avoid serious problems, including cautions for prescribing, information about drug interactions, or warnings about particularly ominous adverse effects. An entire unit covers drugs for health promotion to introduce you to drugs commonly seen in outpatient primary care settings and to prepare you for practice in a society increasingly focused on health promotion and disease prevention. Includes separate chapters on Immunizations and Biologicals, Weight Management, Smoking Cessation, Vitamins and Minerals, Over-the-Counter Medications, and Complementary and Alternative Therapies.

Diet Therapy in Advanced Practice Nursing

Prescriptions for Improving Patient Outcomes through Nutrition

Author: Katie Ferraro,Cheryl Winter

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 0071772804

Category: Medical

Page: 512

View: 1539

Proven nutrition strategies for optimizing health and combating specific diseases – written for the advanced practice nurse As scientific evidence continues to emerge showing the underlying role nutrition and diet play in preventing and treating common health issues such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer, there's renewed emphasis by healthcare providers on delivering individualized nutrition prescriptions to patients to improve health outcomes. While this role has traditionally been performed in out-patient and in-patient settings by registered dieticians, advanced practice nurses now play a major role in giving diet and nutrition advice to patients and, in some cases, prescribing medical and diet therapy plans. Diet Therapy in Advanced Practice Nursing gathers together the evidence-based guidelines and practices recommended for the prevention, management, and treatment of a variety of disease states. Co-authors Katie Ferraro, RD, and Cheryl Winter, RD, NP, used their combined knowledge and experience in nutrition and nursing practice to write an easy-to-use book that gives readers practical resources such as: Meal planning and tracking tools Nutrition screening, assessment, and counseling techniques Body weight regulation principles Nutrition assessment and monitoring parameters Individual chapters cover nutrition for all major disease states, giving prevention guidelines, medical nutrition and diet therapy recommendations, patient education tools, and detailed complication and side effect considerations. The book concludes with appendices containing key information for clinical reference, including Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) tables, USDA Food Patterns, CDC Growth Charts, and Useful Conversions for Nutrition.

Measuring Patient Outcomes

Author: Marie T. Nolan,Victoria Mock

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761915058

Category: Medical

Page: 223

View: 1770

Using the statistical analysis program SPSS, this book shows how to analyze patient outcomes data and create graphs summarizing this data. The first part of this book serves as a primer for nurses and other health professionals who are learning how to measure outcomes. The second part includes a series of case studies describing successful patient outcomes projects. The examples selected range from the straightforward assessment of length of stay and re-admission rate before and after the introduction of a care pathway, to the more complicated efforts to assess the impact of swimming on central venous catheter infection in children with cancer. Some chapters represent the starting point for outcomes measurement, while other chapters are built upon previous work.

Instruments for Clinical Health-care Research

Author: Marilyn Frank-Stromborg,Sharon Olsen

Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning

ISBN: 9780763722524

Category: Medical

Page: 713

View: 5372

2004 AJN BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNER! This Text Facilitates Researching Clinical Concepts And Will Enhance The Focus On Linking Clinical Variable Assessments With Routine Measurement Of Everyday Clinical Interventions. With This Book, Students Will Be Able To: Review Available Instruments That Measure Select Clinical Phenomena; Review Selected Studies Employing Each Tool; Identify An Instrument’S Strengths And Weaknesses; And Develop Instruments For Cross-Cultural Research.

Die 7 Wege zur Effektivität

Prinzipien für persönlichen und beruflichen Erfolg

Author: Stephen R. Covey

Publisher: GABAL Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 3956237641

Category: Self-Help

Page: 416

View: 696

"Die 7 Wege zur Effektivität" sind ein Klassiker und eines der einflussreichsten Bücher, die jemals geschrieben wurden. Seit der Erstveröffentlichung 1989 gehört es mit über 30 Millionen verkauften Exemplaren weltweit auch heute noch zu den wichtigsten Business-Bestsellern und hat auch nach fast 30 Jahren weder an Relevanz noch an Aktualität verloren. Das Buch liefert Prinzipien und überzeugende Konzepte zur Steigerung der persönlichen Effektivität, die Menschen und Organisationen weltweit bis heute positiv beeinflussen. Die zentrale Botschaft des Buches: Nicht angelernte Erfolgstechniken, sondern Charakter, Kompetenz und Vertrauen führen zu einem erfüllten und erfolgreichen Leben. Das gilt in unserer heutigen volatilen Lebens- und Arbeitswelt mehr denn je. Kenntnisreich und anhand von zahlreichen pointierten Anekdoten zeigt Covey Schritt für Schritt, wie wir Fairness, Integrität, Ehrlichkeit und menschliche Würde in unser Leben und Miteinander integrieren. Prinzipien, die uns angesichts immer drängenderer Veränderungen Sicherheit geben und zugleich die Weisheit und Kraft verleihen, die Chancen in der Veränderung zu sehen und zu ergreifen.

Advanced Practice Nursing Ethics in Chronic Disease Self-Management

Author: Barbara Klug Redman, PhD, MSN, FAAN

Publisher: Springer Publishing Company

ISBN: 0826195733

Category: Medical

Page: 224

View: 7139

Named a 2013 Doody's Core Title! The trend toward patient self-management (PSM) of chronic disease is accelerating at a rapid pace along with the evolution of home-based or mobile technologies to support this care. Yet the development of self-management practice standards and advanced practice nursing support has been haphazard. This book fills a glaring void by addressing, against a backdrop of current best practices in PSM, such questions as: What are appropriate standards of safety in PSM? How can we be assured those standards are met? How does one reach a good prognosis about whether or not patients will be able to practice PSM? What level of effectiveness and efficiency should PSM reach to be considered a good policy option? Grounded in a clear ethical practice framework for PSM regimens, the text discusses PSM of the major chronic diseases along with best practice intervention strategies. The text maps out the implementation of the PSM framework for both patient and institution, supported by numerous case examples. Also addressed are PSM challenges to Advanced Practice Nursing, three ethically valid assessment tools, and relevant health policy concerns. Offering study questions and answers, the text is designed for course adoption and as a resource at MSN, DNP, and PhD levels Key Features: Presents clear ethical practice framework for PSM regimens Explores PSM in the major chronic diseases along with case studies Discusses PSM challenges to Advanced Practice Nursing Provides three ethically valid assessment tools Useful for course adoption and a resource at MSN, DNP, and PhD levels

Health Outcome Measures in Primary and Out-Patient Care

Author: M. Christie,A. Hutchinson,E. McColi,C. Riccalton

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9783718658992

Category: Medical

Page: 216

View: 2703

Contributions have been drawn from a wide range of disciplines and from researchers and practitioners of outcome assessment across the United Kingdom and mainland Europe. This book is aimed at those who want to turn outcome assessment into a practical tool for routine clinical practice, decision making and policy formulation. It will be of interest to a broad readership of researchers, clinicians, policy makers and patients' representatives, from both hospital and primary care settings. "Health Outcome Measures in Primary and Out-Patient" "Care" explores a wide range of scientific and care provider issues relating to health outcome assessment in primary and hospital out-patient care (ambulatory care). It takes a practical approach to the issue; many of the contributions are based on work currently in progress. In parallel, more fundamental concepts concerning the principles of outcome measurement in chronic disease are addressed, and the limitations and constraints arising from the methods and

Excel 2002 für Dummies

Author: Greg Harvey

Publisher: Wiley-VCH

ISBN: 9783527700523

Category: Computers

Page: 352

View: 2538

Sie haben keine blasse Ahnung von Tabellenkalkulationen, möchten aber Ihre Zahlen endlich in den Griff bekommen? Oder zählen Sie zu diesen Excel-begeisterten Buchhaltern, die mit Spannung auf die neuen Features der 2002er Version warten, um Ihren Chef mal wieder zu beeindrucken? In diesem Buch führt Sie Greg Harvey Schritt für Schritt in die Welt der Tabellen-kalkulation ein und demonstriert Ihnen das grandiose Organisationstalent von Excel 2002: unterschiedliche Datentypen zusammenstellen, Berechnungen durchführen, anschauliche Diagramme fabrizieren. Sie erfahren: * Wo der Unterschied zwischen Arbeitsmappen und Arbeitsblättern liegt * Wie Sie Ihre eigenen Tabellenblätter erstellen, bearbeiten, formatieren und drucken * Wie Sie aus Excel direkt Tabellen, Arbeitsblätter und Mappen per E-Mail versenden können * Wie Sie Ihre Excel-Tabelle auf der Website Ihres Unternehmens veröffentlichen * Welche neuen Features Excel 2002 zu bieten hat: ClipArts in Ihr Tabellenblatt einfügen, Webseiten in Excel bearbeiten u.v.a.m. * Wie Sie Daten und Texte aus allen Office XP-Programmen in Ihr Excel-Sheet integrieren

Outcomes Assessment in End - Stage Kidney Disease - Measurements and Applications in Clinical Practice

Author: Paraskevi Theofilou

Publisher: Bentham Science Publishers

ISBN: 1608057356

Category: Medical

Page: 258

View: 9387

With an increase of the population of elderly people in modern society due to advances in medicine and healthcare facilities, there is also an increase in the incidence and duration of chronic illnesses. Similarly, advanced age is considered a significant determinant of depression and poor quality of life. Additionally, the provision of therapies relevant to chronic diseases addresses the issues beyond the concept of cure, bringing to the center the need for a dignified quality of life of patients. An increased interest in quality of life is observed in patients who suffer from chronic diseases, including those with end-stage kidney disease (ESKD). End-stage kidney disease patients have a high burden of disease affecting their quality of life and dramatically shortening their life expectancy. Therefore, exploring quality of life issues among such patients becomes an essential task in the management of this population. This volume is written by researchers with a well-rounded understanding of the characteristics and impact of ESKD and provides a penetrating practical discussion to date of alternative approaches for comprehensively measuring the burden of end-stage kidney disease. Outcomes Assessment in End-Stage Kidney Disease focuses on the impact of this complex and exacting condition on patients and those that care for them. It also examines the economic impact of ESKD and the healthcare policy implications of this disease. It also brings comprehensive and thoughtful insights into the issues confronted by patients with ESKD to readers interested in nursing or medical caregiving, geriatrics and health psychology.