Massachusetts Health Policy Forum

Nurse-to-Patient Ratios: Research and Reality

Forum held on March 30, 2005

Should government intervene to mandate nurse-to-patient ratios in hospitals? The Massachusetts state legislature is considering a number of approaches to address patient safety including a law establishing minimum registered nurse staffing ratios.  This forum reviewed the latest research on this complex issue within the context of a nursing shortage and rising health care costs. 


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