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Effect of Magnet Hospital Recognition on 2 Patient Outcomes

Mills, Andrew C. PhD, RN; Gillespie, Kathleen N. PhD

doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0b013e318268a710

The purpose of this study was to explore whether Magnet hospitals had better nursing-sensitive outcomes than non-Magnet hospitals. Eighty Magnet hospitals were identified in the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project databases and matched with 80 non-Magnet hospitals on 12 hospital characteristics. Comparative analysis demonstrated no significant differences for risk-adjusted rates for pressure ulcers and failure to rescue. Future investigation should examine what clinical benefits might exist that distinguish Magnet from non-Magnet hospitals.

School of Nursing (Dr Mills) and School of Public Health (Dr Gillespie), Saint Louis University, St Louis, Missouri.

Correspondence: Andrew C. Mills, PhD, RN, School of Nursing, Saint Louis University, 3525 Caroline Mall, St Louis, MO 63104 (

Funding was received from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The authors thank Mary Blegen, PhD, RN, University of California, San Francisco, for her consultation.

Dr Mills, an ANCC Margretta Madden Styles Credentialing Scholar, presented at ANCC National Magnet Conference, and travel expenses were paid by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. No honorarium was paid. Dr Gillespie has no conflict of interest.

Accepted for publication: July 9, 2012

Published online before print: August 3, 2012

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