Disparities in readmissions between Black and White stroke patients may be linked to the level of nurse staffing in the hospitals where they receive care, according to new research from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing’s Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research (CHOPR).

The study, which demonstrates an association between nurse staffing and 7- and 30-day readmission disparities for Black ischemic stroke patients, was published recently in the journal Nursing Research.

“Tailoring nurse staffing levels to meet the needs of Black ischemic stroke patients represents a promising intervention to address systemic inequities linked to readmission disparities among minority stroke patients. Addressing long-standing systemic inequities will require systemwide investments to raise staffing levels that allow nurses to sufficiently address the clinical and social needs of Black ischemic stroke patients.”

— J. Margo Brooks Carthon, PhD, RN, FAAN, Tyson Family Endowed Term Chair for Gerontological Research and Associate Professor of Nursing, and the study’s lead author

[Source(s): University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, EurekAlert]