Utilization of patient classification systems in Swedish hospitals and the degree of satisfaction among nursing staff
Article first published online: 15 JUN 2007
Journal of Nursing Management
Volume 15, Issue 5, pages 472–480, July 2007
How to Cite
PERROCA, M. G. and EK, A.-C. (2007), Utilization of patient classification systems in Swedish hospitals and the degree of satisfaction among nursing staff. Journal of Nursing Management, 15: 472–480. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2834.2007.00732.x
- Issue published online: 15 JUN 2007
- Article first published online: 15 JUN 2007
- Accepted for publication: 26 September 2006
- nursing care intensity;
- patient acuity;
- patient classification;
- staffing level;
- workload measurement
Background Although patient classification tools have been used in Sweden since the 1980s, few studies have examined how they are utilized and monitored.
Aim This paper investigates the patient classification systems implemented in hospitals in the country as well as the level of satisfaction of nurses with the implemented instrument.
Method A postal survey method was used in which a total of 128 questionnaires were sent to nurse managers. Twenty-three hospitals were identified with patient classification systems currently in operation.
Results and conclusion The Zebra and Beakta systems are the most commonly used instruments. Nurse managers appear to be satisfied with the patient classification systems in use on their wards as a whole except for their inability to measure the quality of care provided, the time spent to use the instruments and the fact that the administration do not estimate nursing staff requirements using the system.