Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Nursing Staffing and Quality of Patient Care

According to a literature review by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, increased nurse staffing levels in hospitals are associated with decreased patient mortality, shorter LOS, and lower risk of adverse events. However, the authors note that these associations are not necessarily cause-and-effect relationships because they may stem in part from other factors such as quality improvement programs, which can have limited or extensive effects on nursing care and patient outcomes depending on the program and the facility. (from

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Monday, May 07, 2007

National Guideline Clearinghouse - Frequently Requested Topics

The National Guideline Clearinghouseâ„¢ (NGC) has created stored searches to assist NGC users in finding guidelines related to frequently requested topics.

The topics listed below reflect critical focus areas of the healthcare community, including priority areas of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and Healthy People 2010. The primary focus areas are arranged alphabetically. You can also use NGC's Detailed Search to create your own search of the NGC database.

Topics include:
  • Arthritis, Osteoporosis, and Chronic Back Conditions
  • Bioterrorism
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • End of Life Care
  • Heart Disease and Stroke
  • HIV
  • Immunization and Infectious Diseases
  • Injury and Violence Prevention
  • Maternal, Infant, and Child Health
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
  • Substance Abuse
To see a full list of the searches go to NGC Frequently Requested Searches