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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.


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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