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Terminology: Nursing Outcomes Classification (NOC)

Page last updated July 31, 2006


A comprehensive, standardized classification of patient/client outcomes developed to evaluate the effects of nursing interventions. An outcome is a measurable individual, family, or community state, behavior or perception that is measured along a continuum and is responsive to nursing interventions.

Contact Information

For Nursing Content:
Sue Moorhead, PhD, RN, Center Director

The Center for Nursing Classification
& Clinical Effectiveness
University of Iowa
College of Nursing, 458 Nursing Building
Iowa City, IA 52242-1121
Phone: 319-335-7051
FAX: 319-335-9990

For Licenses:
Karen Delany
Elsevier Health Services
1600 John F Kennedy Blvd Suite 1800
Philadelphia PA 19103
Phone 215-239-3278

Latest Version
Moorhead, S., Johnson, M., Maas, M. (2004). Nursing Outcomes Classification (3rd ed.). St. Louis, MO: Mosby.

Number of Nursing Terms
330 outcomes

Relationship of NOC to Other ANA Recognized Terminologies and Data Element Sets
Included in SNOMED CT

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