Development and testing of nursing home quality indicators

TitleDevelopment and testing of nursing home quality indicators
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1995
AuthorsZimmerman D.R, Karon S.L, Arling G., Clark B.R, Collins T., Ross R., Sainfort F.
JournalHealth Care Financ Rev
Date PublishedSummer
Accession Number10151883
KeywordsAccidental Falls/statistics & numerical data, Decubitus Ulcer/epidemiology, Health Services Research/*methods, Human, Nursing Homes/*standards, Outcome and Process Assessment (Health Care), Pilot Projects, Program Development, Quality Assurance, Health Care/organization & administration, Quality of Health Care/*standards, Risk Factors, Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S., United States/epidemiology

In this article, the authors report on the development and testing of a set of indicators of quality of care in nursing homes, using resident-level assessment data. These quality indicators (QIs) have been developed to provide a foundation for both external and internal quality-assurance (QA) and quality-improvement activities. The authors describe the development of the QIs, discuss their nature and characteristics, address the development of a QI-based quality-monitoring system (QMS), report on a pilot test of the QIs and the system, comment on methodological and current QI validation efforts, and conclude by raising further research and development issues.