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NOC (Nursing Outcomes Classification) - Synopsis

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The Nursing Outcomes Classification (NOC) (6th edition) was developed and is maintained by the University of Iowa College of Nursing.

NOC provides a standardized classification system of patient outcomes for evaluating the effects of nursing interventions.

NOC outcomes are grouped hierarchically into 34 classes within seven domains. The seven domains are:

  1. Functional Health
  2. Physiologic Health
  3. Psychosocial Health
  4. Health Knowledge & Behavior
  5. Perceived Health
  6. Family Health
  7. Community Health

Outcomes include definitions, lists of indicators for evaluating patient status in relation to the outcome, references for background reading, and a five-point Likert type scale to measure patient status.

NOC is used by health care agencies, nursing education programs, and researchers.

Update Frequency
NOC is updated irregularly.

Metathesaurus Update Frequency
NOC was last updated in the Metathesaurus in 2018AB.

Sites Consulted

  1. CNC Fact Sheet [Internet]. Iowa City (IA): The University of Iowa; [cited 2023 Nov 20]. Available from: