Study confirms lower turnover linked to higher quality of care

May 10, 2022 | Nursing Turnover & Hours, Research & Studies of PBJ Data

Staff retention crucial after study confirms lower turnover linked to higher quality of care at nursing homes

Nursing home providers should consider implementing innovative strategies for retaining workers after a new study found that low staff turnover was consistently associated with higher quality of care, researchers said.

“While these actions are challenging — especially given that nursing homes are navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, they are clearly warranted if we seek an improved quality of care for nursing home residents,” Qing Zheng, Ph.D., lead author and health economist at research firm Abt Associates, told McKnight’s Long-Term Care News on Monday.

The findings were published Saturday in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Study authors also include Evan Schulman, director of the Division of Nursing Homes for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; Christianna S. Williams Ph.D. and Alan J. White, Ph.D., who both work for Abt Associates, a federal contractor. The study was funded by CMS under a research contract.




May 10, 2022


Brown, Danielle. “Staff Retention Crucial after Study Confirms Lower Turnover Linked to Higher Quality of Care at Nursing Homes.” McKnight’s Long-Term Care News, 10 May 2022,