Recent research indicates that nurses working in English acute hospitals say some aspects of care are left undone frequently, with a presumed impact on nursing care quality and patient safety.
Hospitals could use nurse-rated assessments of “missed care” as an early warning proxy measure to identify wards with inadequate staffing.
Ball, J.E. Murrells, T. [and] Rafferty A.M. [et al] (2013). Care left undone during nursing shifts: associations with workload and perceived quality of care. BMJ Quality and Safety, July 29th 2013. [Epub ahead of print]. (Click here to view the PubMed abstract).