Evid Based Nurs 6:122 doi:10.1136/ebn.6.4.122
  • Quality improvement

Preoperative assessments by trained nurses were equal in quality to assessments by preregistration house officers

Quality of preoperative assessments by nurses v house officers

Outcomes Nurses House officers Observed difference (95% CI) Clinically important difference*
*Calculated as (1.25 × house officer %) − house officer %.
†Statistically significant.
Underassessment possibly affecting perioperative management 12.8% 14.9% −2.1% (−5.3 to 1.1) 3.73%
Overassessment (tests ordered) 13.6% 23.5% −9.9% (−13.4 to −6.4)† 5.9%

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