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Increasing the Value of Health Care: The Role of Nurses

What the evidence shows

A new LDI/INQRI Brief tackles the complexities of assessing health care value and nursing’s contributions to value in terms of outcomes and costs. It highlights evidence published by researchers in the Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative (INQRI), an 8-year program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The bottom line? Well, that’s one of the issues, as the robust evidence of nursing's effects on quality is not often paired with equally robust data on costs of processes and interventions. The brief points to BSN-prepared nurses, higher nurse staffing, and transitional care as examples of where the evidence of net value is strong, and where a business case can be made.

For many other aspects of nursing—such as nurse work environment, hospital magnet status, and targeted prevention of falls and hospital-acquired infections—the impact on quality is clear, and companion economic analyses are sorely needed.

More details here.