Estimating the Cost and Impact of Improved Nurse Staffing in Hospitals

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A growing amount of evidence demonstrates that higher levels of nurse staffing in hospitals are related to shorter patient stays and better treatment outcomes. Lower overall hospital costs may be a further benefit. Using a database with information on nearly 800 U.S. hospitals, analysts would develop cost estimates for nurse staffing models and provide data on the offsetting savings achieved through shorter hospital stays, lower hospital-related morbidity, and fewer deaths. This project would thus help clarify the business case for investing in nurse staffing reforms.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
Harvard School of Public Health
Principal Investigator:
Jack Needleman, Ph.D.
Award Amount:
$135,773.00
Approval Date:
April 9, 2002

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