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The Association between Nursing Skill Mix and Patient Outcomes in a Mental Health Setting: Protocol for an Observational Feasibility Study

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posted on 04.05.2022, 23:11 authored by Nompilo MoyoNompilo Moyo, Martin JonesMartin Jones, S Dennis, K Sharma, Richard GrayRichard Gray
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.

Funding

This study is part of a doctoral studentship from La Trobe University.

History

Publication Date

01/04/2022

Journal

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

Volume

19

Issue

7

Article Number

ARTN 4357

Pagination

10p.

Publisher

MDPI

ISSN

1661-7827

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© 2022 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)