Is patient acuity a proxy for patient characteristics of the AACN Synergy Model for patient care?

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PURPOSE: To test the feasibility of using patient acuity indicators as proxy measures for the AACN Synergy Model for Patient Care patient characteristics. DESIGN AND METHODS: Secondary data analysis of a convenience sample of 481 patient ratings from adult and pediatric critical and noncritical medical surgical patients. FINDINGS: Combining dichotomous patient acuity indicators into multilevel categorical variables allowed evaluation of linear relationships between acuity and patient characteristics indicators. Of the 8 patient characteristics, only participation in care exhibited meaningful correlations with the acuity indicators. According to these findings, acuity indicators should not be substituted for the Synergy Model patient characteristics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)351-357
Number of pages7
JournalNursing Administration Quarterly
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2006
Externally publishedYes



  • Acuity indicators
  • Patient characteristics
  • Synergy Model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Leadership and Management

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