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PURPOSE The purpose of this study was to describe the processes of care, organizational attributes, cost of care, staffing level, and staff mix in a sample of Missouri homes with good, average, and poor resident outcomes. DESIGN AND METHODS A three-group exploratory study design was used, with 92 nursing homes randomly selected from all nursing homes in(More)
PURPOSE This pilot study tested the effects of a 3-minute slow-stroke back massage (SSBM) on total minutes of nighttime sleep on persons with dementia with sleep disturbances aged 65 years or older in the nursing home. DESIGN Pilot randomized controlled trial. METHODS Participants were randomized to an intervention group (n = 20) who received the(More)
Alzheimer's disease (AD) robs persons living with the disease of their independence and self-esteem, which can lead to depression, anxiety, and loneliness. Understanding how people with early-stage AD cope is a critical step in enhancing their adaptive abilities and ultimately improving their quality of life. This qualitative study describes how individuals(More)
This exploratory study was undertaken to discover the defining dimensions of nursing home care quality from the viewpoint of consumers of nursing home care. Eleven focus groups were conducted in five Missouri communities. The seven dimensions of the consumer multidimensional model of nursing home care quality are: staff, care, family involvement,(More)
PURPOSE The purpose of the study was to determine if simply providing nursing facilities with comparative quality performance information and education about quality improvement would improve clinical practices and subsequently improve resident outcomes, or if a stronger intervention, expert clinical consultation with nursing facility staff, is needed. (More)
This exploratory study was undertaken to discover the defining dimensions of nursing home care quality and to propose a conceptual model to guide nursing home quality research and the development of instruments to measure nursing home care quality. Three focus groups were conducted in three central Missouri communities. A naturalistic inductive analysis of(More)
Many patients in nursing homes receive limited services. In 1996, approximately 17% of the 1.6 million nursing home residents received assistance with two or less activities of daily living (ADL). This descriptive study addressed this issue by investigating why residents with light care needs enter and remain in nursing homes. Residents with light care(More)
It is becoming increasingly common for nursing facilities to use Quality Indicators (QI) derived from Minimum Data Set (MDS) data for quality improvement initiatives within their facilities. It is not known how much support facilities need to effectively review QI reports, investigate problems areas, and implement practice changes to improve care. In(More)
The "Observable Indicators of Nursing Home Care Quality" instrument was developed as a new measure of nursing home care quality. The instrument is based on a theoretical model of quality nursing home care grounded in data from provider and consumer focus groups. The instrument was piloted in 10 Missouri nursing homes. Subsequent versions were tested in 109(More)
Researchers, providers and government agencies have devoted time and resources to the development of a set of Quality Indicators derived from Minimum Data Set (MDS) data. Little effort has been directed toward verifying that Quality Indicators derived from MDS data accurately measure nursing home quality. Researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia(More)