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Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem

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CASTILHO, Valéria et al. Total staff costs to implement a decision support system in nursing . Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2014, vol.22, n.1, pp.158-164. ISSN 1518-8345.


to identify the direct labor (DL) costs to put in practice a decision support system (DSS) in nursing at the University Hospital of the University of São Paulo (HU-USP).


the development of the DSS was mapped in four sub-processes: Conception, Elaboration, Construction and Transition. To calculate the DL, the baseline salary per professional category was added to the five-year additional remuneration, representation fees and social charges, and then divided by the number of hours contracted, resulting in the hour wage/professional, which was multiplied by the time spend on each activity in the sub-processes.


the DL cost corresponded to R$ 752,618.56 (100%), R$ 26,000.00 (3.45%) of which were funded by a funding agency, while R$ 726,618.56 (96,55%) came from Hospital and University resources.


considering the total DL cost, 72.1% related to staff wages for the informatics consulting company and 27.9% to the DL of professionals at the HU and the School of Nursing.

Keywords : Nursing Informatics; Nursing Process; Costs and Cost Analysis; Cost Control.

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