Potential Use of Small Area Variations Analysis in Nursing Outcomes Research

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Small area variations analysis (SAVA) is a method for measuring and analyzing differences in clinical practice and service utilization across small geographic areas. To date, nursing has not adopted a SAVA approach in patient outcomes studies. A discussion is offered of the conceptual and methodological considerations confronting researchers and outcomes managers who wish to conduct a small area variations analysis followed by examples and suggestions for incorporating SAVA into nursing practice.

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