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The purpose of a systematic review is to attempt to find, evaluate and synthesize high quality research relevant to the research question. A systematic review uses carefully developed data collection and sampling procedures that are put in place in advance as a protocol. (Polit, 2012). A systematic review must contain the following: a clear inclusion and exclusion criteria, an explicit search strategy, systematic coding and analysis of included studies, and a meta-analysis if possible. (Hemingway & Brereton, 2009). Systematic reviews are conducted by nurse researchers to avoid reaching incorrect or misleading conclusions that could arise from a biased study. Systematic reviews are perceived by many as the cornerstone of evidence-based practice. (Polit, 2012). The issue of concern that this article addresses is “to systematically evaluate nurse working conditions and to review the literature dealing with their association with patient outcomes.” (Bae, 2011). “The aim of this study is to fulfill two objectives: a systematic evaluation of nurse working conditions and a review of the literature dealing with the association between nurse working conditions and patient outcomes. The innovative review of research on working conditions focused on the relationships between nurse working conditions and patient outcomes.” (Bae, 2011). The author of this systematic review, Dr. Sung-Hei Bae, is currently an Assistant Professor of Nursing in the Graduate Program in Nursing Administration and Healthcare Systems Management at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Bae received her BSN and MPH from Seoul National University and PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Bae is a health services researcher and focuses on nursing workforce policy, state mandatory overtime policy, comprehensive nurse staffing characteristics, and nursing sensitive patient outcomes. Dr. Bae’s research includes 4 studies and she has 16 publications. At the time of this review, Dr. Bae was a Professor at the School of Nursing University at Buffalo, State University of New York. (University of Texas at Austin, 2014). As one can see, Dr. Bae has a great deal of experience in research. The purpose of this systematic review is to synthesize concepts of the working conditions in nursing and to evaluate which of these working conditions are associated with patient outcomes. This review will also identify the strength of evidence for each of the working conditions related to the patient outcomes. (Bae, 2011). The instrument used for this review for the quality appraisal is the Quality Assessment and Validity Tool for Correlation Studies. The search strategy for this review was guided by a preliminary literature review. The literature review identified relevant research terms. Terms included nurse working conditions, work structure, care environment, work context, and organizational context. The articles reviewed were from January 2000 to October 2009. The articles had to meet the following inclusion criteria: “the study population consisted of nurses working in health care facilities, papers had to report primary research; studies reported a measure of analysis of the relationship between working conditions and patient outcomes; the studies had a quantitative design; and the direct measure of patient outcomes were operationalized as the dependent variable and working conditions as independent variables.” (Bae, 2011). 194 articles met the inclusion criteria. Out of these 194 articles, only eleven met criteria and were assessed for the methodological quality. For the quality appraisal, fourteen questions were used to evaluate the design, sample, measurement and statistical analysis. The total number of points that the study scored was divided by 14. Those studies that scored 0.75 were rated as strong. The results...
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