Missed nursing care, staffing, and patient falls

Beatrice J. Kalisch, Dana Tschannen, Kyung Hee Lee

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Patient falls in hospitals continue to be a major and costly problem. This study tested the mediating effect of missed nursing care on the relationship of staffing levels (hours per patient day [HPPD]) and patient falls. The sample was 124 patient units in 11 hospitals. The HPPD was negatively associated with patient falls (r = -0.36, P < .01), and missed nursing care was found to mediate the relationship between HPPD and patient falls.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6-12
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Nursing Care Quality
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jan

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nursing(all)


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