Kutney-Lee, A., McHugh, M.D., Sloane, D.M. Cimiotti, J.P., Flynn, L., Neff, D.F., & Aiken, L.H. (2009). Nursing: A key to patient satisfaction. Health Affairds, 28(4). Retrieved from http://www.hospitalmanagement.net/downloads/whitepapers/patient/file1962/.
ABSTRACT: Patient satisfaction is receiving greater attention as a result of the rise in pay- for-performance (P4P) and the public release of data from the Hospital Consumer Assess- ment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey. This paper examines the rela- tionship between nursing and patient satisfaction across 430 hospitals. The nurse work en- vironment was significantly related to all HCAHPS patient satisfaction measures. Additionally, patient-to-nurse workloads were significantly associated with patients’ ratings and recommendation of the hospital to others, and with their satisfaction with the receipt of discharge information. Improving nurses’ work environments, including nurse staffing, may improve the patient experience and quality of care.
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