Nursing Home Work Environment and the Risk of Pressure Ulcers and Incontinence
Article first published online: 18 NOV 2011
© Health Research and Educational Trust
Health Services Research
Volume 47, Issue 3pt1, pages 1179–1200, June 2012
How to Cite
Temkin-Greener, H., Cai, S., Zheng, N. T., Zhao, H. and Mukamel, D. B. (2012), Nursing Home Work Environment and the Risk of Pressure Ulcers and Incontinence. Health Services Research, 47: 1179–1200. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-6773.2011.01353.x
- Issue published online: 8 MAY 2012
- Article first published online: 18 NOV 2011
- National Institute on Aging. Grant Number: R01 AG23077
- Nursing homes;
- health outcomes;
- staff cohesion;
- consistent assignment
To examine the association between nursing home (NH) work environment attributes such as teams, consistent assignment and staff cohesion, and the risk of pressure ulcers and incontinence.
Minimum dataset for 46,044 residents in 162 facilities in New York State, for June 2006–July 2007, and survey responses from 7,418 workers in the same facilities.
For each individual and facility, primary and secondary data were linked. Random effects logistic models were used to develop/validate outcome measures. Generalized estimating equation models with robust standard errors and probability weights were employed to examine the association between outcomes and work environment attributes. Key independent variables were staff cohesion, percent staff in daily care teams, and percent staff with consistent assignment. Other facility factors were also included.
Residents in facilities with worse staff cohesion had significantly greater odds of pressure ulcers and incontinence, compared with residents in facilities with better cohesion scores. Residents in facilities with greater penetration of self-managed teams had lower risk of pressure ulcers, but not of incontinence. Prevalence of consistent assignment was not significantly associated with the outcome measures.
NH environments and management practices influence residents’ health outcomes. These findings provide important lessons for administrators and regulators interested in promoting NH quality improvement.