Thursday, December 1, 2011

Study Finds Low Staffing and Poor Quality of Care at Nation’s For-Profit Nursing Homes

Yesterday, Elizabeth Fernandez, from the University of California, San Francisco, detailed a newly released study that analyzed the quality of care at nursing homes around the country. The study focused on the ten largest for-profit chains in the country, which control over 2,000 nursing homes, and this research is the first to study this specific group of for-profit nursing facilities. The research team found that these for-profit facilities kept labor costs low to increase profits, and with staffing levels being one of the strongest predictors of patient quality, the results may reflect the commitment to high-level patient care by these large institutions.

Click here the full news article with quotes from the study's authors.

Click here to directly access the article from Health Services Research (subscription required).

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