Research Projects

We are committed to conducting ongoing research to continually demonstrate the value of patient acuity and complexity of care data; in addition to evaluating the impact of staffing on patient and staff outcomes.

To demonstrate a correlation between staffing and patient outcomes, we conducted an outcomes research project in conjunction with clients. The study results demonstrated that the variance between actual staffing and recommended staffing were frequently predictive of nurse-sensitive outcomes, showing that effectively staffing to meet workload can be a viable tool for optimizing outcomes. Additionally, the study showed a correlation between specific clinical indicators in the Inpatient methodology and a higher incidence of patient falls or medication errors. When a patient’s clinical indicators are indicative of a potential risk for patient fall or medication error, this correlation is noted within the AcuityPlus system.

The Daily Outcomes Alert Graph by Shift report is available to provide data by shift on the potential clinical and staffing risks for all units. The clinical component is based on the potential for patient falls or medication errors associated with the critical indicators. The staffing component is based on the variance between recommended staffing and scheduled staffing. This report provides information to identify which, if any units are at risk today and need additional support.

Chart showing Alert for Medication Errors by Shift, Day Shift February 24, 2014

Current research projects:

  • Re-admission study: The purpose of this study is to determine if there is a relationship between nurse staffing and patient re-admissions within 30-day period post discharge to home.
  • Determining the clinical profile (patient type, complexity type and/or critical indicators) prior to discharge can predict patients’ risk of 30-day re-admission. Continuation of the outcomes study to demonstrate a correlation between staffing and additional patient outcomes.
  • Ongoing revalidation studies associated with specific AcuityPlus methodologies.