Missed nursing care. An exploration of missed nursing are in cancer contexts

Project Details

Data from international studies of missed nursing care consistently demonstrate worse patient experience and quality of care in environments where nurses report inability to complete or provide essential nursing care interventions. Analysis of 30-day mortality data following common surgical procedures on 422,730 surgical patients from 300 general acute hospitals in 9 countries drawn from the RN4CAST dataset, demonstrated that a 10% increase in missed nursing care is associated with a 16% increase in the odds of a patient dying within 30 days of admission (Ball, Brunyell, Aiken et al 2017).  This mixed methods, health services research project is the first of a series of initiatives to identify, describe and quantify the impact of missed cancer nursing care on patient outcomes, nurses’ wellbeing and intention to remain in the profession.


  • Prof Mei Krishnasamy, Chair in Cancer Nursing, Department of Nursing & Centre for Cancer Research, University of Melbourne; VCCC Research and Education Lead – Cancer Nursing (Principal Investigator)
  • Jac Mathieson, Chief Nurse, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, VCCC.
  • Allison Marven, Registered Nurse, Alfred Hospital, Melbourne

Research Group

Cancer Nursing Research

Faculty Research Themes


School Research Themes

Cancer, Practice and service improvement, Recovery and Rehabilitation Across the Lifespan

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