Research Briefs

Date of this Version

4-11-2018

Abstract

Surgical patients age 65 and over with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) were more likely to die within 30 days of admission and to die after a complication than those without ADRD. Having better-educated nurses in the hospital improved the likelihood of good outcomes for all surgical patients, but had a much greater effect in individuals with ADRD. Specifically, a 10% increase in the proportion of nurses with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree or higher was associated with 10% lower odds of death and 10% lower odds of dying after a complication for surgical patients with ADRD.

Document Type

Brief

Number

39

License

Creative Commons License
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Keywords

Nursing, BSN, dementia, nurse education

Citation For This Study

White EM, Smith JG, Trotta RL, & McHugh MD (2018). Lower Postsurgical Mortality for Individuals with Dementia with Better-Educated Hospital Workforce. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. DOI: 10.1111/jgs.15355

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Date Posted:17 April 2018