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University of Minnesota Twin Cities
School of Nursing

PI: Bonnie L. Westra

The Influence of a Certified Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nurse on Wounds and Incontinence Outcomes

The purpose of this research is to identify and evaluate the contributions and benefits of certified wound, ostomy, and continence (WOC) specialty nurses for patients receiving home care. The research objectives are to compare risk adjusted patient and agency level outcomes for pressure ulcers, stasis ulcers, surgical wounds, urinary incontinence, bowel incontinence, and urinary tract infections for patients with or without care provided by WOC specialty nurses. This study includes an internet-based survey to describe the agency and practice of WOC specialty nurses if one is employed by a home health agency. Agencies also provide a limited data set for OASIS data–the required assessment for all adult non-maternity patients receiving care funded by Medicare or Medicaid. The survey data will be linked to patient visits and the OASIS data from the home health agencies. MSI is used to analyze the data since there are 1.5 million OASIS assessments as well as other data.

Group Members

Donna Z. Bliss, Faculty Collaborator
Yuefeng Hou, Graduate Student
Kay Savik, Staff