Rating the importance of nursing home residents' quality of life

Robert L Kane, Todd H Rockwood, Kathryn Hyer, Karen Desjardins, Andrea Brassard, Charles Gessert, Rosalie A Kane

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OBJECTIVES: To assess how various stakeholders involved with nursing home care rate the importance of various quality-of-life (QoL) items for hypothetical residents with varying types of impairment. DESIGN: A community-based exploratory description of a convenience sample. SETTING: Eleven nursing homes in Florida, New Jersey, and Minnesota. PARTICIPANTS: Samples of registered and licensed nurses (RNs and LPNs), certified nursing assistants (CNAs), activities personnel, social workers, physicians, residents, and family members. MEASUREMENTS: Using a magnitude estimation approach, 17 QoL items were rated in order of importance on each of three hypothetical types of nursing home residents. RESULTS: Overall, there was little variation in the ratings for individual items. Ratings for persons with cognitive impairment were consistently lower. RNs'/LPNs' and CNAs' ratings were generally higher than the others, and physicians' ratings were generally lower. Residents' and families' ratings were generally lower than nurses' ratings. CONCLUSION: All stakeholders considered QoL to be important and felt that it deserves more attention in practice and regulation. A summary QoL score need not be weighted. Respondents (who were not cognitively impaired) considered QoL less important for residents with cognitive impairment. Value differences between those involved in nursing home care deserve more exploration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2076-2082
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American Geriatrics Society
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2005


  • Magnitude estimation
  • Preferences
  • Values

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