The Advanced Practice Nursing Data Collection Toolkit: A Compendium of Research Tools

Julie U. Vohra, MSc; Denise Bryant-Lukosius, MScN, PhD

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October 07, 2009

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Conclusion

At the time of this writing, users can browse summaries of over 150 instruments in the Toolkit, and this number is expected to grow. Tools span the gamut of the PEPPA framework, from needs assessment to evaluation of the APN role. Users are welcome to submit suggestions of instruments they would like to see summarized. The APN Data Collection Toolkit is an important resource in efforts to introduce and evaluate APN roles, making available existing instruments that have been used to, eg, conduct needs' assessments, measure practice patterns, and identify facilitators and barriers, and evaluate provider and patient outcomes related to APNs. The anticipated benefits of the APN Data Collection Toolkit are to: streamline the time it takes for those interested in the APN process and outcome measures to locate and gain permission to use instruments; reduce the resources spent on developing new tools where appropriate measures already exist; and facilitate the further development and testing of existing tools.

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