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Title: The Association between Nursing Skill Mix and Patient Outcomes in a Mental Health Setting: Protocol for an Observational Feasibility Study.
Austin Authors: Moyo, Nompilo;Jones, Martin;Dennis, Shaun;Sharma, Karan;Gray, Richard
Affiliation: Austin Health
Victorian Tuberculosis Program, Melbourne Health, Melbourne, VIC 3000, Australia
Department of Rural Health, University of South Australia, Whyalla Norrie, SA 5608, Australia
IIMPACT in Health, University of South Australia, Adelaide, SA 5000, Australia
Whyalla Integrated Mental Health Service, Flinders & Upper North Local Health Network, Whyalla, SA 5600, Australia
School of Nursing and Midwifery, La Trobe University, Melbourne, VIC 3086, Australia
Issue Date: 5-Apr-2022 2022
Publication information: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 2022; 19(7): 4357.
Abstract: International research on nursing skill mix has focused primarily on medical and surgical patient populations. The association between nursing skill mix and clinical outcomes for psychiatric inpatients has not been explored. The aim of this study is to establish the feasibility of extracting and linking nurse and inpatient data from hospital administrative data sources. This is an observational study. Data will be extracted from hospital administrative sources and linked together. Patient information will include duration and number of psychiatric hospital admissions. We will extract information on the educational preparation of nurses working in the participating hospitals to enable us to calculate estimates of the nursing skill mix. The study will be conducted in two psychiatric inpatient services in Australia. Our study will test the feasibility of extracting and linking nursing skill mix and patient data in a mental health setting and will inform the methodological development of an appropriately powered observational study. Australian and New Zealand clinical trial registry: ACTRN12619001337167p.
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph19074357
ORCID: 0000-0001-7287-8996
Journal: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
PubMed URL: 35410046
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Type: Journal Article
Subjects: inpatient
mental health nurse
nurse skill mix
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