Developing ideal care delivery models for hospital units

The Foundation's program, Transforming Care at the Bedside, was designed to develop new interventions to improve the hospital work environment with the goal of improving the quality of care provided by nurses at the bedside.Nursing care in hospitals is in crisis, as noted in numerous national reports. The crisis is particularly acute in hospitals, with 126,000 vacant nursing positions. Much of the problem results from poor working conditions, broken systems of care, and lack of effective management. The purpose of this project is to bring together experts to define ideal models of care delivery focusing on general medical or surgical units. The team will include experts from architecture, technology, nursing, human resources, organizational change, management, organizational psychology, and medicine. This project will: (1) collect and analyze information to generate new ideas; (2) develop design concepts; (3) develop and test hospital setting prototypes; and (4) disseminate ideal designs. The project will be considered successful if it produces one or more viable prototypes that can transform care at the bedside and if the ideal model elements are used as benchmarks for hospitals participating in the pilot phase of Transforming Care at the Bedside.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $482,063.00

Awarded on: 6/23/2003

Time frame: 7/15/2003 - 7/31/2004

Grant Number: 48092


Institute for Healthcare Improvement

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Cambridge, 02138-5810


Patricia A. Rutherford
Project Director