Healthcare Workforce

The mix and distribution of health care providers. LDI Senior Fellows study how to transform health care delivery through the optimal training, mix, and placement of health care professionals and allied health workers to deliver cost-effective care.

System Redesign and the Health Care Workforce

Oct. 19, 2017

An interdisciplinary panel of experts from health care management, economics, and nursing came together at LDI’s 50th Anniversary Symposium to discuss their perspectives on how “organizational innovation” can be used to redesign health care systems and care delivery.

Moderator:
Linda Aiken, PhD, RN, University of Pennsylvania

Nursing Care Disparities in Neonatal Intensive Care Units

Oct. 11, 2017

Eileen T. Lake, Douglas Straiger, Erika Miles Edwards, Jessica G. Smith, Jeannette A. Rogowski

In Health Services Research, Eileen Lake and colleagues, including Jessica Smith and Jeannette Rogowski, compared missed nursing care for infants in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) across hospitals with a predominantly-black versus non-black patient population. The authors sought to understand the factors that cause nurses to miss care. At sites across four states, NICU nurses completed a survey on the floor’s average patient load, nursing environment, and nursing professional characteristics, as well as their individual patient load and the care that they missed on their...

Changing Antibiotic Prescribing in a Primary Care Network: The Role of Readiness to Change and Group Dynamics in Success

Oct. 11, 2017

Suratha Elango, Julia E. Szymczak, Ian M. Bennett, Rinad S. Beidas, Rachel M. Werner

In the American Journal of Medical Quality, Suratha Elango and colleagues, including Rinad Beidas and Rachel Werner, studied factors important to combating overuse of broad-spectrum antibiotics in outpatient pediatric practices. Primary care clinics in the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia network completed surveys and then semi-structured interviews on barriers and facilitators to improving their antibiotic prescribing practices, perceptions and reactions to the initiative, and the climate surrounding its implementation.

Practices with a high willingness...

Distribution of Medical Education Debt by Specialty, 2010-2016

Sep. 22, 2017

Justin Grischkan, Benjamin P. George, Krisda Chaiyachati, Ari B. Freidman, E. Ray Dorsey, David A. Asch

In JAMA Internal Medicine, Justin Grischkan and colleagues, including Krisda Chaiyachati and David A. Asch, analyze trends in the distribution of medical education debt. The increasing amount of graduate medical education debt is well known, yet a quieter upward trend in the number of graduates without debt also persists in the data.

The authors analyzed figures of self-reported debt from the 2010-2016 Association of American Medical Colleges Graduation Questionnaire. They find that the mean amount of debt increased from $161,739 in 2010 to $179,068 in 2016, and that the...

Networks in ACA Marketplaces are Narrower for Mental Health Care Than for Primary Care

Research Brief
Sep. 5, 2017

In 2016, ACA marketplace plans offered provider networks that were far narrower for mental health care than for primary care. On average, plan networks included 24 percent of all primary care providers and 11 percent of all mental health care providers in a given market. Just 43 percent of psychiatrists and 19 percent of nonphysician mental health providers participate in any network. These findings raise important questions about network sufficiency, consumer choice, and access to mental health care in marketplace plans.

Post-operative mortality, missed care and nurse staffing in nine countries: A cross-sectional study

Aug. 28, 2017

Jane E. Ball, Luk Bruyneel, Linda H. Aiken, Walter Sermeus, Douglas M. Sloane, Anne Marie Rafferty, Rikard Lindqvist, Carol Tishelman, Peter Griffiths, RN4CAST Consortium

In International Journal of Nursing Studies, Jane Ball and colleagues, including Linda Aiken, examine if missed nursing care explains the observed association between nurse staffing levels and mortality. Previous research has shown that higher postoperative mortality rates are associated with lower nurse staffing levels. When nurse staffing levels are lower, there is a higher incidence of necessary but missed nursing care. The authors collected data from 422,730 patients from 300 general acute hospitals, and administered surveys to 26,516 registered nurses to understand staffing...

Community Health Worker Support For Disadvantaged Patients With Multiple Chronic Diseases: A Randomized Clinical Trial

Research Brief
Aug. 21, 2017

Community health worker interventions hold promise for improving outcomes of low-income patients with multiple chronic diseases.

Development and Validation of the Primary Care Team Dynamics Survey

Jul. 19, 2017

Hummy Song, Alyna T. Chien, Josephine Fisher, Julia Martin, Antoinette S. Peters, Karen Hacker, Meredith B. Rosenthal, Sara J. Singer

In Health Services Research, Hummy Song and colleagues develop and validate a survey instrument designed to measure team dynamics in primary care. The authors study 1,080 physician and non-physician health care professionals at 18 primary care practices participating in a learning collaborative to improve team-based care. They administer a cross-sectional survey addressing team dynamics, and assessed reliability and discriminant validity of survey factors, as well as the overall survey’s goodness-of-fit. They find that this model demonstrated adequate fit, scale reliability, and...

Nursing skill mix in European hospitals: cross-sectional study of the association with mortality, patient ratings, and quality of care

Jul. 10, 2017

Linda H. Aiken, Douglas Sloane, Peter Griffiths, Anne Marie Rafferty, Luk Bruyneel, Matthew McHugh, Claudia B. Maier, Teresa Moreno-Casbas, Jane E. Ball, Dietmar Ausserhofer, Walter Sermeus

In BMJ Quality & Safety, Linda Aiken and colleagues, including Matthew McHugh examine the association of hospital nursing skill mix with patient mortality, patient ratings of care, and indicators of quality care among European hospitals. As policymakers around the world seek to reduce health spending, a popular target in Europe has been to transition from more professional nurses to fewer high-cost nurses supported by more lower-wage assistants. The authors analyzed how nursing skill mix affects indicators of quality patient care. The authors utilized cross-sectional patient...

Components of Comprehensive and Effective Transitional Care

Jul. 10, 2017

Mary D. Naylor, Elizabeth C. Shaid, Deborah Carpenter, Brianna Gass, Carol Levine, Jing Li, Ann Malley, Kathleen Mccauley, Huong Q. Nguyen, Heather Watson, Jane Brock, Brian Mittman, Brian Jack, Suzanne Mitchell, Becky Callicoatte, John Schall, Mark V. Williams

In Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Mary Naylor and colleagues identify components of the Transitional Care model that provide the desired patient and caregiver outcomes. For decades, the Transitional Care (TC) model has worked to prevent re-hospitalizations and their associated costs, however little is known about the specific factors that make TC effective. The authors formed a workgroup to identify a preliminary set of components. The workgroup conducted focus groups and interviews with patients and caregivers, and created an advisory group comprised of patient and...

Nurses’ Perceptions of In-Hospital Versus Telephone Availability of an Intensivist at Night in an Intensive Care Unit

Jul. 10, 2017

Emily S. Stanton, Cary Hilbert, Stephanie Maillie, Jessica Dine, Scott D. Halpern, and Meeta Prasad Kerlin

In American Journal of Critical Care, Emily Stanton and colleagues, including Jessica Dine, Scott Halpern, and Meeta Prasad Kerlin, investigate nurses' perceptions about nighttime intensivist staffing. The authors conducted semi-structured interviews of 13 night-shift nurses in an academic medical intensive care unit to elicit perceptions of nighttime staffing with attending intensivists, versus residents with attending intensivists on call remotely. Eight themes emerged from these interviews: efficiency, communication, job place comfort, quality of patient care, procedures,...

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