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Enfermería Global

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DA SILVA, Juliana Bastoni et al. Nursing workload in a hematology/oncology inpatient unit. Enferm. glob. [online]. 2017, vol.16, n.48, pp.24-55.  Epub Oct 01, 2017. ISSN 1695-6141.


To identify workload-related factors of nursing generated by hematology/oncology inpatients.


Prospective cohort study conducted with 151 inpatients at a hematology/oncology unit of a university hospital in São Paulo, Brazil. Data were collected using a form with demographic-clinical information and the Nursing Activities Score (NAS). The collected data were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics and linear regression models.


Mean NAS in the unit was 47.8% (11.5 hours). Patients with malignant oncological and hematological diseases generated a higher nursing workload than patients with non-malignant diseases (p = 0.0034). Patients who died had higher NAS scores than survivors (p <0.0001). In the linear regression, the variables diagnosis and condition at discharge determined an R2 of 0.26.


Hematology and oncology patients require high dependency care. This finding can support nurses when planning human resources in this specialty.

Keywords : Workload; nursing; Medical Oncology; Hematology; Nursing, Team; Nursing Staff.

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