Nursing Minimum Data Set
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Nurs·ing Min·i·mum Da·ta Set(NMDS) (nŭrsing min'i-mŭm dā'tă set)
1. Standardized set of nursing data developed to describe nursing care applicable across diverse clinical practice settings; includes data relating to nursing diagnoses, interventions, outcomes, and intensity of nursing care.
2. Smallest amount of information necessary to define cost and quality of nursing care.
Nursing Minimum Data Set,
A standardized set of data identifying essential, common, and core data elements collected in all settings for any patients/clients receiving nursing care. They include the three broad elements of: nursing care, patient or client demographics, and service.