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Research on innovations in healthcare organizations published between 1994 and 2004 are here reviewed and summarized. The majority of the 31 identified studies dealt with the adoption of innovations and new practices and were cross-sectional designs applying quantitative methods, or multiple case studies applying qualitative methods. Five pathways for(More)
This study describes 215 healthcare professionals' experiences of discussing sexuality-related issues with cancer patients at a university hospital in Finland. The results indicate that staff on the cancer ward regard discussions about sexuality as a part of their job. However, discussions on these issues are uncommon: 98% of the respondents said that they(More)
RATIONALE, AIMS AND OBJECTIVES The aim of the study was to answer three questions: first, what methods have been used to measure patient assessments of the quality of care? Second, how do outpatients rate their care? And third, what needs to be taken into account in measuring patient assessments of the quality of care? METHODS Systematic review of the(More)
The aim was to assess the interrelationships between nurses' work environment and nursing outcomes. A cross-sectional survey of 664 registered nurses (RN) on 34 acute care inpatient hospital wards was used to measure nurses' perceptions. Patient data (n = 4045) consisting of a total patient satisfaction indicator were collected simultaneously with the nurse(More)
BACKGROUND Breast cancer diagnosis as well as diversity of the treatment process deteriorates women's quality of life (QOL). Researchers have examined social support and its relations with QOL overall, but less is known about effects of social support on changes in QOL. AIMS The aim of this study was to examine social support received from social network(More)
To improve family nursing in oncology wards, a new nursing intervention was created: a supportive telephone call after the death of the patient. Nurses who participated in the intervention kept diaries after the call (n = 95). Data were collected also from hospital records. The numerical data were analyzed by using descriptive statistical analysis and the(More)
The purpose of this cross-sectional survey was to assess patient satisfaction and analyze its relationship to nurse staffing levels in 34 inpatient wards at 4 Finnish university hospitals. The patients were satisfied with their care in general. However, the proportion of registered nurses (RNs), the patient-to-RN ratio, and the RNs' working years were(More)
AIM The aim of the study is to describe the connection between the burden of nurses' work experience and patient dissatisfaction using electronic indicators available in databases. BACKGROUND The hospitals in this study have a lot of information stored in electronic databases, but the data is stored in different databases and there are no straight(More)
Background: Nursing care models provide the infrastructure for organizing and delivering care to patients and families. Over the decades, different models have waxed and waned. Since the 1980s, the primary nursing model has gained increasing prominence. However, there is no systematic research evidence on the effects of this model for patients, their family(More)
BACKGROUND During hospitalization patients need support from nursing staff. To improve the delivery of support during hospitalization, it is necessary to know more about how patient background factors and organizational factors are associated with patients` perceived access to support. AIM This study describes hospital patients' perceived access to(More)