Hospital Magnet Status Associates with Inpatient Safety in Parkinson Disease

Whitley W. Aamodt, Jasmine Travers, Dylan Thibault, Allison W. Willis

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


BACKGROUND: Persons with Parkinson disease (PD) have complex care needs that may benefit from enhanced nursing care provided in Magnet-designated hospitals. Our primary objective was to determine whether an association exists between hospital Magnet status and patient safety events for PD inpatients in the United States. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study using the Nationwide Inpatient Sample and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality databases from 2000 to 2010. Parkinson disease diagnosis and demographic variables were retrieved, along with Magnet designation and other hospital characteristics. Inpatient mortality and preventable adverse events in hospitals with and without Magnet status were then compared using relevant Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality patient safety indicators. RESULTS: Between 2000 and 2010, 493 760 hospitalizations among PD patients were identified. Of those, 40 121 (8.1%) occurred at one of 389 Magnet hospitals. When comparing PD patients in Magnet versus non-Magnet hospitals, demographic characteristics were similar. Multivariate regression models adjusting for patient and hospital characteristics identified a 21% reduction in mortality among PD inpatients in Magnet hospitals (adjusted odds ratio [AOR], 0.79; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.74-0.85). PD inpatients in Magnet hospitals also had a lower odds of experiencing any patient safety indicator (AOR, 0.74; 95% CI, 0.68-0.79), pressure ulcers (AOR, 0.60; 95% CI, 0.55-0.67), death from a low mortality condition (AOR, 0.74; 95% CI, 0.68-0.79), and a higher odds of postoperative bleeding (AOR, 1.45; 95% CI, 1.04-2.04). CONCLUSIONS: PD patients had a reduced risk of inpatient mortality and several nursing-sensitive patient safety events, highlighting the possible benefits of Magnet status on inpatient safety in PD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)116-122
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Neuroscience Nursing
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2021


  • inpatient safety
  • Magnet recognition
  • outcomes research
  • Parkinson disease
  • Parkinson Disease
  • Inpatients
  • Hospitals
  • United States
  • Humans
  • Patient Safety
  • Retrospective Studies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrine and Autonomic Systems
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Medical–Surgical
  • Surgery


Dive into the research topics of 'Hospital Magnet Status Associates with Inpatient Safety in Parkinson Disease'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this