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To the editors,
In their editorial commenting on our paper ‘Association of registered nurse and nursing support staffing with inpatient hospital mortality’,1 Aiken and Sloane present our study results, conclusions and implications as if we examined the impact of substituting nursing support staff for professional nurses or registered nurses (RNs). We did not examine substitution of support staff for RNs (commonly called skill mix) in this study and, as Aiken and Sloane acknowledge, we stated our findings should not be interpreted to mean that nursing aides can safely substitute for RNs. Nonetheless, Aiken and Sloane discuss our current paper as though it is about …
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Competing interests None declared.
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