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Staffing Patterns in US Nursing Homes During COVID-19 Outbreaks

Published: July 22, 2022
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Findings In this cohort study of 2967 nursing homes in 2020, owing to increased absences and departures, there were statistically significant declines in staffing levels during a severe COVID-19 outbreak that remained statistically significantly reduced 16 weeks after the outbreak’s start. Facilities temporarily increased hiring, contract staff, and overtime to bolster staffing during outbreaks, but these measures did not fully replace lost staff, particularly certified nursing assistants.

Shen, Karen, et al. “Staffing Patterns in US Nursing Homes During COVID-19 Outbreaks.JAMA Health Forum, vol. 3, no. 7, 2022, p. e222151. Crossref,