Dorothy M. Pringle

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AIM This paper reports on structures and processes of hospital care influencing 30-day mortality for acute medical patients. BACKGROUND Wide variation in risk-adjusted 30-day hospital mortality rates for acute medical patients indicates that hospital structures and processes of care affect patient death. Because nurses provide the majority of care to(More)
PURPOSE The purpose of this study is to describe priority setting in cardiac surgery and evaluate it using an ethical framework, "accountability for reasonableness". INTRODUCTION Cardiac surgery is an expensive part of hospital budgets. Priority setting decisions are made daily regarding ever increasing volumes of patients. While much attention has been(More)
In the absence of a quality of life instrument which is applicable to the caregivers of elderly relatives and amenable to a cost-utility analyses, the Caregiver Quality of Life Instrument (CQLI) was developed using Torrance's time trade-off technique. The CQLI was administered to 30 family caregivers and 10 relatives of well elderly. Utility scores were(More)
The practices of managers and registered nurses (RNs) in long-term care facilities are frequently ineffective in assisting the licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and healthcare aides (HCAs) whom they supervise. Little research exists that examines the area of supportive relationships between nursing staff and supervisors in these settings. The purpose of this(More)
With the geographical literatures and issues outlined in the first paper very much in mind, this paper focuses specifically on the places in the concepts and locales of gerontological nursing practice. Particular attention is paid to the role of nurses in the making of long-term care institutions and to some fundamental priorities of care. Consideration is(More)
BACKGROUND The decreased use of electronic fetal monitoring (EFM) for healthy women in labour and the increased provision of professional support to all women in labour is recommended by experts. We evaluated the effectiveness of a community-wide approach to transferring research results to practice using a regional committee, newsletter articles and annual(More)
J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2009;16:524–530. DOI 10.1197/jamia.M2974. Affiliations of the authors: C-HOBIC, Canadian Nurses Association (KJH), Ottawa, ON, Canada; C-HOBIC, Ontario Ministry of Health and LongTerm Care (PAW), Toronto, ON, Canada; Nagle & Associates, Inc. (LMN), Toronto, ON, Canada; Health Outcomes for Better Information and Care, Ontario Ministry(More)
A randomized trial of family caregiver support for the home management of older people suffering from moderate to severe progressive irreversible dementia was conducted in an urban center in southern Ontario. Thirty caregivers were allocated to receive the experimental intervention consisting of: caregiver-focused health care, education about dementia and(More)