A study led by Robin Newhouse and Laura Morlock published in the current issue of Medical Care underscores the importance of nurse staffing in providing quality care. The researchers tested in 23 ruaral hospitals a quality collaborative intervention to improve care for heart failure patients.
The intervention focused on four key measures of heart failure care. At the end of the study, the researhceers found no quantitative difference between the intervention and control groups on implementation of the key measures. They did find that hospitals with more stable nurse staffing - lower turnover - implemented more of the measures.
The researchers assert that the study speaks to the central role of nurses in quality improvement.
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