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Omaha System

The Omaha System is a standardized health care terminology consisting of an assessment component (Problem Classification Scheme), an intervention component (Intervention Scheme), and an outcomes component (Problem Rating Scale for Outcomes). Approximately 11,000 interdisciplinary practitioners, educators, and researchers use Omaha System for structured clinical documentation and analysis of secondary data. Omaha System users from Japan, Estonia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Wales, Canada, The Netherlands, and the United States have presented at international Omaha System conferences.[1]

The Omaha System is integrated into the [8]

Use in Nursing

The Omaha system is being mapped to the International Classification of Nursing Practice (ICNP).[9] It is a reliable nursing documentation tool for outcome and quality of care measurement for clients with mental illness.[10] The Omaha System is also a tool that can be used as a strategy to introduce and incorporate evidence-based practice in the undergraduate nursing clinical experience.[11] The Omaha system can be used as a strategy to introduce and incorporate evidence-based practice in the undergraduate nursing clinical experience.[12] Tools that can be utilized in the Omaha system include a comprehensive list of client health problems, nursing interventions, and an outcome rating scale assessing client knowledge, behavior, and health status to standardize nursing care and client outcomes.[13]


The Omaha system originated at the Visiting Nurse Association of Omaha (located in Nebraska) as a collaborative effort between researchers and interdisciplinary practitioners.[14] Practitioners developed the Omaha System as part of four federally funded research projects conducted between 1975 and 1993.The Omaha system was constantly refined in its structure and terms during this period to establish reliability, validity, and usability.

Omaha System Users

Users include nurses, physicians, occupational therapists, physical therapists, registered dieticians, recreational therapists, speech and language pathologists, and social workers.When multidisciplinary health teams use the Omaha System accurately and consistently, they have an effective basis for documentation, communication, coordination of care, and outcome measurement.[15]

See also


  1. ^ Martin KS. (2005). The Omaha System: A Key to Practice, Documentation, and Information Management (Reprinted 2nd ed.). Omaha, NE: Health Connections Press.
  2. ^ "Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) - Home". Retrieved 2010-03-12. 
  3. ^ "CINAHL Databases". Ebsco Publishing. 2009. Retrieved 2010-03-12. 
  4. ^ "ABC Coding Solutions". Alternative Link. Retrieved 2010-03-12. 
  5. ^ a b "Nursing Information & Data Set Evaluation Center". Retrieved 2010-03-12. 
  6. ^ "Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC)". Regenstrief Institute, Inc. Retrieved 2010-03-12. 
  7. ^ "Welcome to Health Level Seven International". Health Level Seven International. Retrieved 2010-03-12. 
  8. ^ "The omaha system: Bridging hospital and home care". Retrieved 2013-05-16. 
  9. ^ "International Council of Nurses [International Classification for Nursing Practice – ICNP]". 2006-02-03. Retrieved 2010-03-12. 
  10. ^ "Nursing care makes a difference. Application of the Omaha system – NCBI". Retrieved 2013-04-14. 
  11. ^ "The Omaha System and quality measurement in academic nurse-managed centers: ten steps for implementation – NCBI". Retrieved 2013-04-14. 
  12. ^ "The Omaha System and quality measurement in academic nurse-managed centers: ten steps for implementation – NCBI". Retrieved 2013-04-29. 
  13. ^ "Linking nursing care interventions with client outcomes: a community-based application of an outcomes model". Retrieved 2013-04-29. 
  14. ^ "The Omaha System and Meaningful Use: Applications for Practice, Education, and Research". CIN. Retrieved 2013-04-30. 
  15. ^ "The Omaha System: Coded Data That Describe Patient Care". AHIMA. Retrieved 2013-04-30. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Omaha System Users in the Netherlands
  • Minnesota Omaha System Users Group website
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