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Health Aff (Millwood). 2009 Jul-Aug;28(4):w669-77. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.28.4.w669. Epub 2009 Jun 12.

Nursing: a key to patient satisfaction.

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  • 1Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA.


Patient satisfaction is receiving greater attention as a result of the rise in pay-for-performance (P4P) and the public release of data from the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey. This paper examines the relationship between nursing and patient satisfaction across 430 hospitals. The nurse work environment was significantly related to all HCAHPS patient satisfaction measures. Additionally, patient-to-nurse workloads were significantly associated with patients' ratings and recommendation of the hospital to others, and with their satisfaction with the receipt of discharge information. Improving nurses' work environments, including nurse staffing, may improve the patient experience and quality of care.

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