The Omaha System: A Key to Practice, Documentation, and Information Management, Reprinted 2nd Edition
By Karen S. Martin, RN, MSN, FAAN, Health Care Consultant, Martin Associates, Omaha, Nebraska
The Omaha System is a comprehensive, standardized terminology that exists in the public domain (open source). It is based on rigorous and extensive research. It consists of three integrated components: the Problem Classification Scheme (assessment), the Intervention Scheme (plans, pathways, and services), and the Problem Rating Scale for Outcomes (evaluation). It provides the structure, terms, and codes to document client needs and strengths, describe clinician interventions, and measure client outcomes with a best practices/evidence-based practice approach.
Initial Omaha System users included multidisciplinary staff members employed in home care, public health, and school health practice settings as well as some educators in the United States. Use has expanded to additional disciplines and to diverse case management and primary/long-term/acute care settings as well as various schools/universities in this and other countries. Approximately 9000 multidisciplinary clinicians, educators, and researchers use the Omaha System in point-of-care software globally.
The Omaha System provides a framework for integrating and sharing clinical data. It was designed to be computer-compatible from the onset. It facilitates interoperability among users and computer software developers, and has the potential for use in personal health records. It meets numerous national guidelines and regulations including the American Nurses Association, Joint Commission, CHAP, and SNOMED CT®.
See the book or the Omaha System web site for more details about the terms, definitions, and codes; case studies; users; integration/electronic health records; history; research; references; and listserv. The content and page numbers of the reprinted 2nd edition are identical to the original 2005 book with these exceptions: (a) the covers have been revised and include the new publisher’s name and logo, and (b) the copyright page has been updated to include the new ISBN #978-0-9825727-1-9.
- Detailed information introduces novices to the Omaha System, and helps experienced users apply the Omaha System consistently and accurately.
- Guidelines, reminders, and a glossary to increase collaboration among multidisciplinary clinicians.
- Steps for implementation in practice, education, and research.
- Summary of all Omaha System research.
- Literature base that has expanded dramatically.
- Suggestions for analyzing clinical data and transforming data to powerful information.
New to this Edition
- Expanded User's Guide helps new and experienced multidisciplinary users complete and document assessments, care plans, actual services, and client change.
- 18 detailed case studies illustrate real-life applications with individuals, families, and communities.
- Illustrations, pathways, screen shots, and sample forms demonstrate use in diverse settings.
- Spiral binding for easy use.
Table of Contents
- Reference: Martin KS. (2005). The Omaha System: A Key to Practice, Documentation, and Information Management (Reprinted 2nd ed.). Omaha, NE: Health Connections Press.
- Spiral-bound: 496 pages, softcover
- Publisher: Health Connections Press
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-0-9825727-1-9
- Copyright details: See Permissions (coming soon)