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Title: The ethics of care rationing within the current socioeconomic constraints
Authors: Papastavrou, Evridiki 
Keywords: Medical care;Nursing;Nosocomial infections;Nursing--Practice
Category: Health Sciences
Field: Medical and Health Sciences
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Technological educational institute of Athens
Source: Health Science Journal, 2012, Volume 6, Issue 3, Pages 362-364
Abstract: The recent economic and financial crisis has weighed heavily on fiscal positions of many countries in the European Union and especially Greece. These pressures as well as a clear need to contain public spending on health care will make nursing a constant target for cost reduction. Nursing practice involves a variety of tasks and when resources are limited, nurses are forced to ration their attention across patients, minimize or omit certain duties, thereby increasing the risk of adverse patient outcomes. Lack of resources and time constraints have been reported as causes of rationing and poor patient outcomes including patient falls, nosocomial infections, pressure ulcers, high mortality rates and low patient satisfaction levels. Similarly nurses’ outcomes of rationing are reported, such as low job and occupational satisfaction and intention to leave.
ISSN: 1791809X
Rights: © Health Science Journal
Type: Article
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