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Slide Presentation of the 2007 Annual Meeting of AHRQ

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Working Conditions and Patient Safety

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  • Growing concern that poor working conditions in the health care sector is contributing to decreasing patient safety (IOM, 2004).
  • An acute nursing shortage that will not be as cyclic as past shortages due to
    • Aging workforce
    • Aging population and increased demand for nursing services
    • Poor working conditions resulting in difficulty recruiting and retaining qualified nursing personnel

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