PICOT Statement and Research References
Does Continuity of care (I) influence Length of Stay (O) in Diabetes patients who have been hospitalized in a med-surgical unit (P) during inpatient stay (T)?
Population: Hospitalized/ In-patient Medical Surgical Patients
Intervention: The nursing staff role regarding staffing assignments and concept of continuity of care
Comparison: The nursing staff role as a non-consistent or no continuity staffing assignment (staffing varies day to day)
Outcome: When the nurse staffing is maintained at continuous members per patient when available, there will be decreased readmission rates for same diagnosis over a 6-month period of time and an overall decreased need for lengthened inpatient time.
Time: Length of stay, including the 6 months post discharge.
PICOT Question:
Does the inpatient length of stay decrease for those who have access to better continuity of care in staffing assignments versus when the nurse assignment is non-continuous and varied?
Does continuity of care effect the overall readmission rate for same diagnosis readmits within a 6 month time frame?