• is assessment the client’s response to nursing interventions and then comparing that response to predetermined standards or outcome criteria.

Purpose: To appraise the extent to which goals and outcome criteria of nursing care have been achieved.


  1. Collect data about the client’s response.
  2. Compare the client’s response to goals and outcome criteria.
  3. The four possible judgments that may be made are as follows:
  • The goal was completely met.
  • The goal was partially met.
  • The goal was completely unmet.
  • New problems & nursing diagnosis have developed.
  1. Analyze the reasons for the outcomes.
  2. Modify plan of care as needed.

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