Improving Quality of Life in Nursing Homes Through Use of Structured Resident Interviews


In nursing homes, good care is not just about good clinical care; at least as important is the quality of residents' daily lives. Quality-of-life issues, however, are rarely discussed at care planning meetings. The investigators for this project will draw upon research they conducted previously for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to develop and test a structured interview guide that will enable nursing home staff to ask residents directly about problems they are experiencing and then design interventions to correct them. The project team will work with CMS to include items from the quality-of-life screen in the new Minimum Data Set—the federally mandated standardized assessment of resident care.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
University of Pittsburgh
Principal Investigator:
Howard B. Degenholtz, Ph.D.
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
April 10, 2007

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