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Nurse staffing in relation to risk adjusted mortality in neonatal care

Principal investigator
Karen Hamilton (NPEU (Honorary Member))
William Tarnow-Mordi (Department of Neonatology, Children's Hospital at Westmead, Sydney), Maggie Redshaw (NPEU (Former member))
Care of the preterm or low birthweight infant
NHS R&D Programme
Start year
End year


As part of a larger project, the UK Neonatal Staffing study, specific analyses were undertaken in relation to nurse staffing. The objective was to assess whether risk-adjusted mortality in very low birthweight or preterm infants is associated with levels of nursing provision using data from 54 UK neonatal intensive care units stratified by patient volume, consultant availability and nurse:cot ratios. The findings of the study could be used to support specific standards of specialist nursing provision in neonatal care and other areas of intensive and high dependency care.


Journal Articles