Hospital nurse shift length, patient-centered care, and the perceived quality and patient safety

Mu'taman Jarrar, Mohd Sobri Minai, Mohammad Al-Bsheish, Ahmed Meri, Mustafa Jaber
  • The International Journal of Health Planning and Management, September 2018, Wiley
  • DOI: 10.1002/hpm.2656

Personalized care supresses the negative effect of duty length

What is it about?

WHAT IS KNOWN ABOUT THIS TOPIC  Workloads and working longer shift led to poor care outcomes.  Patient-centered care is significantly led to optimize quality and safety.  There is a mixed effect of the shift length on the outcomes of care.

Why is it important?

WHAT THIS STUDY ADDS  Shift length is indirectly associated with the quality and safety.  Patient-centered care mitigates the negative impact of shift length on the quality and safety.  The study provides insight of the importance of structuring the shift length and instills the culture of patient-centered care in order to provide safe, better care quality and more personalized care. WHAT IS THE FUTURE WORK NEEDED  Further study is required to explore the level of compensation of patient‐centered care of nurses assigned to work more than 12‐hour shifts or “double shifts”.  Other factors were proposed for better explanations of these relationships.


Dr Mu'taman Jarrar
Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University

I hope this article will help the policy makers to restructur the duty length and instill the culture of person-centered care.

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