Elaine Flynn is an infection control practitioner at MossRehab Hospital, Albert Einstein Healthcare Network, in Philadelphia.
A Collaborative Assessment of Workload and Patient Care Needs in Four Rehabilitation Facilities
Article first published online: 10 JUL 2012
1999 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
Volume 24, Issue 3, pages 103–108, May-June 1999
How to Cite
Flynn, E., Heinzer, M. M. and Radwanski, M. (1999), A Collaborative Assessment of Workload and Patient Care Needs in Four Rehabilitation Facilities. Rehabilitation Nursing, 24: 103–108. doi: 10.1002/j.2048-7940.1999.tb02150.x
- Issue published online: 10 JUL 2012
- Article first published online: 10 JUL 2012
- patient classification system;
- rehabilitation facilities;
- work load
This article describes, the process used by nurse executives at four freestanding rehabilitation facilities to implement and validate an interactive patient classification system. The research process involved defining critical indicators, measuring workloads by level of staff, and validating the number of care hours for the levels of patient classification. The database enabled the four consortium members to share their knowledge, resources, and costs of implementing a patient classification system, and it provides a benchmark of rehabilitation services. The study data are being used in making staffing decisions, preparing and defending budgets, and identifying the cost of care by disability classification.