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Organising and managing nursing work in European hospitals- Seminar by Luk Bruyneel research fellow at the Department of Public Health and Primary Care at KU Leuven, Belgium

19 February 2015

How nurse staffing affects the quality of care for patients across European Hospitals

Luk Bruyneel is a Research fellow at the Department of Public Health and Primary Care at KU Leuven in Belgium. He shared the findings of his research[Griffiths P. (Health Sciences)] , part of the International RN4CAST study on nurse workforce, at a seminar at the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Southampton on February 18 2015.

Luk has been looking at the relationships between nursing and the quality of care patients get across Europe. His study looked at factors like nurse staffing levels [Griffiths P. (Health Sciences)] and whether care that was missed or not done[Griffiths P. (Health Sciences)]  was the link between the previously observed relationship between staffing and patient satisfaction..

Data was collected from hospitals in England, Ireland, France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Poland, Greece, Finland, Norway and Sweden.

Previous findings from the RN4CAST consortium, of which CLAHRC Wessex Researchers Professor Peter Griffiths and Principal Research Fellow Jane Ball are members include:

"Nurses in England regularly reported working more than 50% overtime"

"There was a relationship between patient mortality[Griffiths P. (Health Sciences)]  and satisfaction, nursing ratios and education level"

"Nursing levels per patient vary widely across the EU - from 13 per nurse to 5 per nurse"

"Nurses working overtime  and longer hours regularly reported that care was more likely to be missed"

"More experienced and more highly trained nurses reduce the levels of missed care, even when the patient to nurse ratio is higher"

[Griffiths P. (Health Sciences)]

Luk’s study showed that missing essential elements of clinical care was an important mechanism that explained the association between staffing levels and patient experience

For the full presentation see our publications

 [Griffiths P. (Health Sciences)]


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