Revista Gaúcha de Enfermagem
On-line version ISSN 1983-1447
VERSA, Gelena Lucinéia Gomes da Silva et al. Assessment of quality of nursing prescriptions in public teaching hospital. Rev. Gaúcha Enferm. [online]. 2012, vol.33, n.2, pp.28-35. ISSN 1983-1447. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1983-14472012000200006.
A multicenter, cross-sectional study took place from December 2009 to June 2010 and aimed to assess the quality of Nursing Prescription (NP) in two public teaching hospitals. The sample consisted of 1,307 NP and data were processed using the G-test and chi-square. The determination of the quality of NP was based on the classification indices reported in literature. Among the results, 1,083 (82.8%) correct and appropriate NP, 154 (11.8%) inadequate NP and 52 (3.9%) incomplete NP were found. In 18 (1.37%) patient charts, the NP was nonexistent. There was statistic significance (α<0.05) for incomplete and absent NP between the two hospitals (0.00), as well as inappropriate NP between age groups (0.03). It was concluded that, in the hospitals under study, the NP needs to be improved, both in terms of quantity and quality.
Keywords : Nursing process; Nursing assessment; Quality of health care.