Assessing quality in nursing homes

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Quality assurance (QA) in nursing homes requires recognition of differences between acute and long-term care in goals, technology, and pace. This article outlines an approach to nursing home QA that would both generate an information system for a facility to review its performance compared to external regulations, and also allow a proactive stance on the part of nursing home staff. After reviewing existing nursing home regulations, this article discusses three necessary components of QA: defining quality and developing criteria; assessing quality; and correcting deficiencies. It argues that a prompt and clear feedback system to personnel is one key to a proactive QA system that becomes self-improving.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)655-666
Number of pages12
JournalClinics in Geriatric Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1 1988


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