A belated tip of the hat to two Health Affairs articles included in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s five most influential research articles by RWJF grantees in 2011: Evidence Links Increases In Public Health Spending To Declines In Preventable Deaths, by Glenn Mays and Sharla Smith; and Nurses’ Widespread Job Dissatisfaction, Burnout, And Frustration With Health Benefits Signal Problems For Patient Care, by Matthew McHugh, Ann Kutney-Lee, Jeannie Cimiotti, Douglas Sloane and Linda Aiken

In December, David Colby, vice president of Research and Evaluation at RWJF, listed 20 RWJF-funded articles — including six from Health Affairs — across the broad spectrum of the foundation’s health and health policy-related program areas. The articles were selected based on the significance and solidity of their research findings and their popularity, as measured by the number of times they were viewed online.  RWJF asked the public to vote to determine its “Final Five” most influential research articles of 2011, which were announced on January 17 after more than 2,200 votes from across the country.

In their article, which came in at number three on RWJF’s list, Mays and Smith found that mortality rates fell between 1.1 percent and 6.9 percent for each 10 percent increase in local public health spending. Following right behind at number four was the article by McHugh and coauthors, which found that patient satisfaction levels are lower in hospitals with more nurses who are dissatisfied or burned out. If they haven’t done so already, readers are encouraged to check out these two articles, as well as the other articles in RWJF’s top five.