Enhancing and Refining the Wellspring Model

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Many nursing homes are seeking to reinvent themselves to become better places for people to live and work. While several quality-improvement approaches appear to be effective, only the Wellspring model, an alliance of 11 Wisconsin nursing homes, has been subject to a rigorous evaluation and received high marks. As the recently completed Fund-supported evaluation demonstrated, however, the model's uniform adoption within the Wellspring alliance's charter nursing homes faces several challenges. This Picker Program Grant will seek to improve two components of the Wellspring model: the staff training modules and the data collection system. It will also develop a way to assess the quality of staff's interactions with residents, an important aspect of resident care. Results from this work will enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the Wellspring model and facilitate its replication.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
University of Wisconsin
Principal Investigator:
Barbara J. Bowers, R.N., Ph.D., and David Zimmerman, Ph.D.
Award Amount:
$322,530.00
Approval Date:
July 9, 2002

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