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Nurse forecasting in Europe (RN4CAST): Rationale, design and methodology

  • Walter Sermeus1,
  • Linda H Aiken2,
  • Koen Van den Heede1Email author,
  • Anne Marie Rafferty3,
  • Peter Griffiths4,
  • Maria Teresa Moreno-Casbas5,
  • Reinhard Busse6,
  • Rikard Lindqvist7,
  • Anne P Scott8,
  • Luk Bruyneel1,
  • Tomasz Brzostek9,
  • Juha Kinnunen10,
  • Maria Schubert11,
  • Lisette Schoonhoven12,
  • Dimitrios Zikos13 and
  • RN4CAST consortium13
BMC Nursing201110:6

Received: 16 December 2010

Accepted: 18 April 2011

Published: 18 April 2011

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18 Apr 2011 Editorially accepted
18 Apr 2011 Article published 10.1186/1472-6955-10-6

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Authors’ Affiliations

Center for Health Services and Nursing Research, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, University of Pennsylvania, 418 Curie Blvd.
Florence Nightingale School of Nursing & Midwifery, King's College London, James Clerk Maxwell Building
School of Health Sciences, University of Southampton
National Spanish Research Unit, Instituto de Salud Carlos III. Ministry of Science and Innovation
Department of Health Care Management, WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Systems Research and Management, Technische Universität Berlin
Department of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics, Karolinska Institutet
School of Nursing, Dublin City University
Department of Internal Diseases and Community Nursing, Jagiellonian University Medical College
Department of Health Policy and Management, University of Eastern Finland
Institute of Nursing Science, University of Basel
Scientific Institute for Quality of Healthcare, UMC St Radboud, Postbus 9101
Laboratory of Health Informatics, Faculty of Nursing, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens