Journal of Medical Systems

, Volume 26, Issue 1, pp 21–27 | Cite as

Technical Efficiency of Nursing Units in a Tertiary Care Hospital in Taiwan

  • Thomas T. H. Wan
  • Nanly Hsu
  • Rung-chuang Feng
  • Allen Ma
  • Shuang-an Pan
  • Mei-chi Chou


The variation in productivity and cost efficiency has been observed among 57 nursing units in a large tertiary care hospital. The inefficient units can achieve the same level of efficiency as the efficient units by altering their inputs (either nursing hours or patient costs). The optimization can be achieved through proper reallocations of nursing resources such as nursing hours or costs. However, the resource reallocation to achieve high efficiency should not be at the expense of quality of care. Future efficiency studies should incorporate the nursing sensitive measures of quality in the analysis.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas T. H. Wan
    • 1
  • Nanly Hsu
    • 2
  • Rung-chuang Feng
    • 2
  • Allen Ma
    • 1
  • Shuang-an Pan
    • 3
  • Mei-chi Chou
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Health AdministrationVirginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmond
  2. 2.Department of NursingVeterans General Hospital-TaipeiTaiwan, Republic of China
  3. 3.Department of Information Service CenterVeterans General Hospital-TaipeiTaiwan, Republic of China

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