Team Skill-Mix and Patient Case-Mix: Are they Related to Hospitalization Functional Outcomes?

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We aimed to test the association between nursing skill-mix and patient case-mix on the functioning of older adults hospitalized in internal medicine wards of general hospitals. We performed a retrospective study of 463 participants of the HoPE-FOR study. The number of nurses/patients and the percent of patients with low functioning of all patients at the unit was assessed for the duration of hospitalization for each participant. Survey data was used to elicit information on participants’ functioning and personal risk factors. A total of 224 (48.3%) patients experienced FD. Number of patients at the unit with low functioning and the number of nurses was positively correlated (rp=0.69, p<0.001). Percent of unit patients who had low levels of functioning was associated with increased odds of FD of study participants (OR=1.60, 95%CI=1.18–2.16), controlling for all known risk factors. We conclude that nursing skill-mix should account for the functioning levels of hospitalized patients.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1277
Number of pages1
JournalInnovation in Aging
Issue numberSuppl 1
StatePublished - 2017
Event21st International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) World Congress - Moscone West San Francisco, San Francisco, United States
Duration: 23 Jul 201727 Jul 2017


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