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Could replacing nurses with nursing assistants pose risks to patients?

Results, conclusions and recommendation from Dr. Aiken’s study in BMJ Quality and Safety on “nursing skill mix in European hospitals” receives wide media attention from around the world.

June 09, 2017
Doctor and nurses leaning in hospital corridor
Doctor and nurses leaning in hospital corridor

The CHOPR Study that found patients are five times more likely to die in hospitals where nurses are replaced by less-qualified nursing assistants made recent headlines in some of the most widely read media outlets in the world. The paper’s ‘attention score’ reveals that it is in the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric. Read the research paper in BMJ Quality and Safety. Stories in the media include:

  • Could Replacing Nurses with Nursing Assistants Pose Risks to Patients? MODERN HEALTHCARE  

  • Call for Assistant Nurse Role Rethink. BBC

  • Diluting Nursing Skill Mix Linked to Higher Patient Mortality Risk, Finds Major Study. NURSING TIMES

  • Government Accused of Putting Patients’ Lives at Risk with One of Lowest Rates of Qualified Hospital Nurses in Europe. THE INDEPENDENT

  • Replacing Nurses with Less-Qualified Assistants ‘is Putting Patients’ Lives at Risk’ THE SUN

  • Other stories have appeared in the following media outlets and include: 

  • The newly published paper on the results from the RN4CAST-EU study was also shared in social media over 1200 times.