• health policy;
  • outcome evaluation;
  • identify outcomes;
  • outcome assessment management

Policy questions associated with the conduct of outcmes studies are addressed and outcomes management and outcomes research are differentiated. Multiple outcomes initiatives are being undertaken inthe United States, from the institutional to national and international levels. Nurses have had limited invlvement, thus far-althoughthe array of outcomes being examined is cnsiderable. Members of an American Academy of Nursing expert panelon quality health care discuss the environmental context and multiple focuses of outcomes analysis. they provide an overview of current activities, present the challenges confronting nursing in its pursuit of a quality assessment agenda, and make recommendations for increasing nurses' participation in quality initiatives.