A truly satisfactory system of monitoring the quality of care and quality of life in nursing homes must await difficult, value-laden decisions about the expectations of nursing home care; epidemiological research about the prevalence of the various functional conditions in old age; refinement of measurement tools; and development of mechanisms for following through with corrective action after deficiencies have been identified. Although much can be done to bring the quality of present care up to the boundaries of present knowledge, the ambitious task of assuring a high quality of care and quality of life in nursing homes depends on some very basic research on how to deliver such exemplary care in the first place. Such research is needed now, and finding based on the ten PSRO demonstration projects offer some useful guidelines for the directions it should take.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Quality Review Bulletin|
|State||Published - Dec 1 1981|