1. Sarnecki, Adrienne J. MSN, RN, CRRN
  2. Haas, Sheila PhD, RN
  3. Stevens, Kathleen A. MS, RN, CRRN
  4. Willemsen, Jane A. MM, BSN, CRRN


Development of a prototype patient classification (PCS) instrument designed specifically for rehabilitation patients is the focus of this article. The process of instrument development is discussed, as well as strategies used in implementing the PCS. These strategies include: staff education, management support, data collection, data analysis-including the development of supporting information systems, and ongoing use of the rehabilitation PCS. Changes engendered by implementation of the PCS also are discussed.