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J Nurs Care Qual. 2004 Apr-Jun;19(2):130-6.

Relationship of nursing personnel and nursing home care quality.

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MU Sinclair School of Nursing, University of Missouri--Columbia, Columbia, MO 65211, USA.


The purpose of this study was to examine the associations between nurse staffing hours and 6 quality indicators: physical restraints, weight loss, incontinence, late loss activities of daily living decline, stages 1 to 4 pressure ulcers, and problem behaviors toward others. Increasing registered nurse staff hours may achieve better quality indicator scores for pressure ulcers. An increase in nurse aide hours should be carefully weighed with the amount of registered nurse staff time available for supervision and direction.

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