Patricia Housen

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OBJECTIVES To investigate the efficacy of a novel brain plasticity-based computerized cognitive training program in older adults and to evaluate the effect on untrained measures of memory and attention and participant-reported outcomes. DESIGN Multisite randomized controlled double-blind trial with two treatment groups. SETTING Communities in northern(More)
PURPOSE Emphasis on consumer-centered care for frail and institutionalized older adults has increased the development and adaptation of surveys for this population. Conventional methods used to pretest survey items fail to investigate underlying sources of measurement error. However, the use of the cognitive interview (CI), a method for studying how(More)
BACKGROUND Few studies have examined ease of integrating palliative care programs into hospital culture. The purpose of this article is to report findings from focus groups conducted among physicians and nurses to elicit their perceptions of an inpatient palliative care team consultation service after 1 year of operation. METHODS The study consisted of(More)
This research evaluated a draft preference assessment tool (draft-PAT) designed to replace the current Customary Routine section of the Minimum Data Set (MDS) for nursing homes. The draft-PAT was tested with a sample of nursing home residents to evaluate survey-level administration time and noncompletion rates, as well as item-level nonresponse rates,(More)
BACKGROUND Family members are commonly involved in end-of-life decision making and typically involved in inpatient palliative care consultations. Although much research has documented patient outcomes following inpatient palliative care consultation, little is known about family member perceptions of the consultation. AIM The purpose of this study was to(More)
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