Study: Patient Mortality 14% Less Likely at Magnet Hospitals

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Patients at Magnet-accredited hospitals have a 14 percent lower likelihood of mortality, according to a study in Medical Care.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center's Magnet Recognition Program evaluates hospitals on certain quality measures related to nursing. Researchers compared outcomes at 56 Magnet hospitals with outcomes at 508 non-Magnet hospitals from 2006 to 2007.

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Magnet hospitals had better work environments and higher proportions of nurses with bachelor's degrees and specialty certification. Magnet hospitals also had lower odds of mortality and lower odds of failure-to-rescue than non-Magnet hospitals. While the nursing factors explained a great deal of this difference, Magnet hospitals still had 14 percent lower risk of mortality when controlling for these factors, according to the study.

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