This trial has been completed.

Condition chronic renal failure
Sponsor Ana Elizabeth Prado Lima Figueiredo
Start date June 2014
End date September 2016
Trial size 10 participants
Trial identifier NCT02266979, AEFIIRPDstaff2014


As the resolution of the Brazilian Federal Council of Nursing (COFEN) sizing the framework of nursing professionals is essential to ensure the safety and quality of patient care. To achieve such goals actions are needed to evaluate the variety of tasks and performance specific to each area in nursing profession. The National Agency for Health Surveillance (ANVISA), through Board Resolution (RDC-154) determines that the nurse to patient ratio is 1 to 30 in hemodialysis and 1 to 50 on peritoneal dialysis, however these targets are not based on any evidence, and same apply to other Latin-American countries. Objective: To determine the appropriate nurse: patient ratio for peritoneal dialysis unit. Method: This research will be developed in two phases. The first with an observational design with descriptive and qualitative approach. There will be a focus group with experts in the field, to defined the activities and responsibilities of the peritoneal dialysis nurse, and produce a tool with a list of activities. A time-orientated score will be created. In the second stage a cross-sectional quantitative approach will be used. To apply the instrument from by direct observation of activities performed by nurses during their workday. With the instrument activities will be timed and the overall time of each nursing activity will be determined by multiplying the time spent by the total number of patients. It is expected tat this strategy will increase time on treatment and/or decrease dropout rates, by developing an easy test/ formula application to determine the correct ratio according to the peritoneal dialysis program. This tool will provide better outcomes for patients as well as allow for growth of peritoneal dialysis programs with qualified assistance and patient safety.

United States No locations recruiting
Other countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Time perspective prospective

Primary Outcomes

number of activities ( direct or indirect care) performed by peritoneal dialysis nurse
time frame: 6 months

Secondary Outcomes

time to perform activities
time frame: 6 months

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants of any age.

Inclusion Criteria: - To have at least one year of experience with peritoneal dialysis Exclusion Criteria: - Consent withdraw

Additional Information

Official title Study to Determine Appropriate Nurse: Patient Ratios in Peritoneal Dialysis Programs
Principal investigator Ana E Figueiredo, RN, PhD
Description Research question: Can a time-oriented score system and expert consensus be applied to PD to develop an easy and repeatable system to evaluate work load for peritoneal dialysis nurses to achieve the best outcomes and allow for planned growth of the unit?
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in November 2016.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by Pontificia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul.