ERIC Number: EJ940974
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
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Staff Assist: A Resource to Improve Nursing Home Quality and Staffing
Castle, Nicholas G.
Gerontologist, v51 n5 p714-722 Oct 2011
Purpose: This study describes the creation and use of a web-based resource, designed to help nursing homes implement quality improvements through changes in staffing characteristics. Design and Methods: Information on staffing characteristics (i.e., staffing levels, turnover, stability, and use of agency staff), facility characteristics (e.g., ownership, size), and quality (i.e., quality measures [QMs]) coming from 2,946 nursing homes were utilized in a simulation analysis. The simulation was used to predict changes in each of 11 QMs, based on changes in staffing characteristics for individual nursing homes using the web-tool. Results: The website was visited 2,347 times in the first 6 months after it became operational. Evidence would suggest that it was useful in informing nursing home management of the importance of staffing and facilitating staffing changes; moreover, active users of the website showed improvements in quality, with an average of 5 of the 11 QMs improving by more than 1%. Implications: The web-based resource may be a feasible low-cost model that can be replicated, to provide further information for other areas of quality improvement in nursing homes.
Descriptors: Nursing Homes, Improvement, Employment, Institutional Characteristics, Web Sites, Simulation, Change
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