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Committee on the Work Environment for Nurses and Patient Safety, Board on Health Care Services, Page A, ed. Washington, DC: National Academies Press; 2004.
This AHRQ-funded Institute of Medicine study identifies solutions to problems in hospital, nursing home, and other health care organization work environments that threaten patient safety in nursing care. The report provides a blueprint of actions for all health care organizations that rely on nurses. The report's findings and recommendations address the related issues of management practices, workforce capability, work design, and organizational safety culture.
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Shekelle PG. Ann Intern Med. 2013;158(5 Pt 2):404-409.
Higher nurse staffing levels appear to be associated with reduced inpatient mortality and adverse events, according to this AHRQ-funded systematic review published as part of a patient safety supplement in the Annals of Internal Medicine. However, implementation of this strategy is limited by the fact that no study yet has prospectively evaluated the effect of an intentional change in nurse–patient ratios.