Wednesday, August 19, 2009

AHRQ Innovations Exchange - Long Term Care

Check out today's edition of the AHRQ Innovations Exchange, highlighting issues in long term care.

A few highlights:

INQRI's Connection to Long Term Care

Although much of our work is focused on acute care settings, in the last couple of years, INQRI has expanded to other health care settings. To that end, we are very interested in the issues surrounding long term care.

"The Res-Care-AL Intervention Study" is a randomized controlled trial to test a restorative care intervention for assisted living (AL). The project incorporates patient centered outcomes (falls); nursing centered outcomes (restorative care services); and system-centered outcomes (staff turnover) as designated by the National Quality Forum. The primary aim of this study is to maintain or improve the residents' physical activity, physical status, function, and length of stay in the facility. The secondary aim related to residents focuses on mood, life satisfaction, resilience, self-efficacy and outcome expectations, social-support for exercise, and person-environment fit. This team is co-led by Barbara Resnick, PhD, CRNP, a nurse researcher, and Sheryl Zimmerman, PhD, MSW, a social worker.

Click here to check out an update on the project.

As previously mentioned in this blog, our program director, Mary Naylor is the Marian S. Ware Professor in Gerontology at the University of Pennsylvania. She is passionate about ensuring that top quality care is delivered across settings. Click here to learn about Dr. Naylor's transitional care model.

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