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Nursing Research and Practice
Volume 2010 (2010), Article ID 148435, 10 pages
Research Article

Time in Care for Older People Living in Nursing Homes

1Section of Nursing, Department of Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Lund University, Box 157, Baravägen 3, 221 00 Lund, Sweden
2Section of Elderly, Municipality of Hässleholm, Löjtnant Granlundsväg 14, 28152 Hässleholm, Sweden
3Department of Health Sciences, Buskerud University College, Pb 850, Papirbredden, Grønland 58, 3007 Drammen, Norway
4University of Skövde, Pb 408, Högskolevägen 1, 54128 Skövde, Sweden

Received 16 December 2009; Accepted 16 May 2010

Academic Editor: Barbara Resnick

Copyright © 2010 K. B. E. Thorsell et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


In order to measure actual care needs in relation to resources required to fulfill these needs, an instrument (Time in Care) with which to evaluate care needs and determine the time needed for various care activities has been developed with the aim of assessing nursing intensity in municipal care for older people. Interreliability ( ) of time measurements ( ) of 32 nursing activities in relation to evaluated care levels in two nursing homes (staff ) has been determined. Nursing intensity for both periods at the two nursing homes comprised on average a direct care time of 75 (45%) and 101 (42%) minutes, respectively. Work time was measured according to actual schedule (462 hours per nursing home during two weeks). Given that the need for care was high, one must further investigate if the quality of care the recipients received was sufficiently addressed.