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  1. Witczak, Izabela PhD, RN
  2. Koltuniuk, Aleksandra PhD, RN
  3. Rypicz, Lukasz PhD
  4. Panczyk, Mariusz PhD, RN
  5. Grzebieluch, Wojciech MD, PhD
  6. Mlynarska, Agnieszka PhD, RN
  7. Uchmanowicz, Izabella PhD, RN, FESC, FHFA


Background: Nursing care rationing has been a widespread problem in everyday nursing practice for many years.


Purpose: The aim of this research study was to assess the prevalence of care rationing among nurses working in Poland.


Methods: The study was conducted among a population of 1310 nurses. To examine the dependencies between the sociodemographics and unfinished nursing care, the Polish adaptation of the Perceived Implicit Rationing of Nursing Care questionnaire and an investigator-developed questionnaire were used.


Results: The mean level of missed care was 1.16 (SD = 0.7). The significant predictors of care rationing were associated with the quality of patient care ([beta]std = -.43, P < .001) and general work satisfaction ([beta]std = -.15, P < .001).


Conclusions: Job satisfaction and the quality of nursing care should be constantly monitored as these factors are significantly associated with the levels of care rationing.