Langston Center hosts visiting scholar from Switzerland

In June, the Langston Center welcomed it’s 3rd international visiting scholar, Stefanie Bachnick, from one of the Center’s collaborations at the Institute of Nursing Science, University of Basel.

Bachnick met with various faculty, students and others connected to the Center to learn more about health care quality in the U.S., specifically patient-centered care. She also participated with about 15 VCU faculty, students, and staff in AcademyHealth’s annual research meeting in New Orleans. This organization is the professional home and leading national organization for health services researchers, policymakers, and health care practitioners and stakeholders. The organization seeks to increase the understanding of methods and data used in the field, enhance the professional skills of researchers and research users, and expand awareness.

Finally, Bachnick gave a Langston Lecture, titled “Patient-Centered Care, Nurse Work Environment and Implicit Rationing of Nursing Care in Swiss Acute Care Hospitals.” For an audience of about 20 people in person and on-line, she discussed how we define patient-centered care which in her study includes four dimensions:

  • treatment and care that are adapted to the patient’s situation,
  • nurses speak in a way that is easy for the patient to understand,
  • nurses give sufficient information,
  • nurses involve patients in decisions regarding treatment and care. In her study of 123 nursing units in 23 Swiss hospitals using surveys from 1,810 nurses and 2,073 patients, Bachnick found that patients’ perception of whether they received patient-centered care was associated with the nurses’ ratings of their work environment, specifically nurses’ perceptions of staffing and resource adequacy and the degree to which they were able to do 30 nursing care activities. The better the work environment, the higher the perception of patient-centered care.
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