Volume 47 | Number 3pt1 | June 2012

Abstract List

Helena Temkin‐Greener Ph.D., Shubing Cai, Nan Tracy Zheng Ph.D., Hongwei Zhao Sc.D., Dana B. Mukamel Ph.D.


To examine the association between nursing home () work environment attributes such as teams, consistent assignment and staff cohesion, and the risk of pressure ulcers and incontinence.

Data Sources/Setting

Minimum dataset for 46,044 residents in 162 facilities in ew ork tate, for une 2006–uly 2007, and survey responses from 7,418 workers in the same facilities.

Study Design

For each individual and facility, primary and secondary data were linked. Random effects logistic models were used to develop/validate outcome measures. Generalized estimating equation models with robust standard errors and probability weights were employed to examine the association between outcomes and work environment attributes. Key independent variables were staff cohesion, percent staff in daily care teams, and percent staff with consistent assignment. Other facility factors were also included.

Principal Findings

Residents in facilities with worse staff cohesion had significantly greater odds of pressure ulcers and incontinence, compared with residents in facilities with better cohesion scores. Residents in facilities with greater penetration of self‐managed teams had lower risk of pressure ulcers, but not of incontinence. Prevalence of consistent assignment was not significantly associated with the outcome measures.


environments and management practices influence residents’ health outcomes. These findings provide important lessons for administrators and regulators interested in promoting quality improvement.