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J Nurs Care Qual. 2004 Jan-Mar;19(1):27-33.

Nurse staffing, care delivery model, and patient care quality.

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  • 1Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Ottawa, Ontario. l.mcgillishall@utoronto.ca


Little research has been conducted examining the linkages between nurse staffing and care delivery models in relation to patient care quality. Nurses in this study perceive that an all-RN staffing model is associated with better quality outcomes for patients, and that staffing models that include professional and unregulated staff may pose a challenge for unit-based communication and the coordination of care. Patient care delivery models were also important predictors of the quality outcomes studied.

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