Numerous studies in the past three decades have explored the relationships between staffing levels in nursing homes and quality of care measures. However, the wide array of studies researching staffing and quality of care, many with conflicting results, make it increasingly difficult to interpret and use the findings. The demand for evidence to establish staffing levels based on quality of care is growing, but finding the best evidence to support these decisions has become more and more complex. A systematic review of staffing and quality of care is critical to synthesize relevant research and assist the long-term care community to understand the “state of the art” in the measurement of staffing and quality of care.
Bostick, J.E., Rantz, M.J., Flesner, M.K., & Riggs, C.J. (2006). Systematic review of studies of staffing and quality in nursing homes. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 7(6), 366-376.