AHRQ Study Links Hospital Nurse Staffing Increases to Fewer Adverse Events, Lower Lengths of Stay
Increases in hospital nurse staffing levels are associated with reductions in adverse events and lengths of stay and do not lead to increased costs, a longitudinal study by AHRQ concluded. Researchers also found that increasing the number of registered nurses, as opposed to other nursing positions, led to reduced costs. The authors linked hospital nurse staffing data to AHRQ’s Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) State Inpatient Databases from California, Maryland and Nevada between 2008 and 2011 to estimate the causal relationship between nurse staffing (level and skill mix), quality (adverse events as measured by nurse-sensitive patient safety indicators), lengths of stay and cost. The findings suggest that increased staffing of registered nurses can improve patient outcomes and efficiency. "Examining the Value of Inpatient Nurse Staffing: An Assessment of Quality and Patient Care Costs" and the abstract appeared in the November issue ofMedical Care. Authors included AHRQ’s H. Joanna Jiang, Ph.D., and Carol Stocks, Ph.D., R.N.
Med Care. 2014 Nov;52(11):982-8. doi: 10.1097/MLR.0000000000000248.
Examining the value of inpatient nurse staffing: an assessment of quality and patient care costs.
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