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Slide Presentation of the 2007 Annual Meeting of AHRQ

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Conceptual Framework

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Flowchart showing the conceptual framework for this project. The flowchart is structured as follows:

First Column: Covariates

Text Box 1: Patient Characteristics

  • Severity of illness
  • Comorbidities
  • Demographics
  • Socio-economics

There is an arrow pointing down to another text box labeled: Structures of Care

  • Hospital Size
  • Teaching Status
  • ICU Type
  • Nursing Case mix

Both of these text boxes lead to a second column with two additional text boxes.

Second Column: Independent Variables

Text Box 1: Administrative Processes: Nurse Working Conditions

  • Organizational Climate
  • Staffing
  • Overtime
  • Wages

There is a line to the second text box below the first one.

Text Box 2: Structures of Care

  • Profit Margin
  • Magnet Status

Both of these two text boxes have arrows pointing to a third text box in the third column.

Third Column: Dependent Variables

Text Box: Patient Outcomes

  • VAP
  • Decubitus Ulcer
  • 30-Day Mortality

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