Design and Operation of the 2010 National Survey of Residential Care Facilities. Acknowledgments


The National Survey of Residential Care Facilities (NSRCF) was made possible through the hard work and dedication of a number of key people both within and outside the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). Our federal partners in this NSRCF initiative include: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE); Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion; National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases; and Department of Veterans Affairs. Our special thanks go to Emily Rosenoff (ASPE), who provided insight, expertise, and ongoing assistance throughout the study. Support received from the following organizations was vital in achieving NSRCF’s success: LeadingAge, formerly American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging; American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA); Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA); National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL); and Board and Care Quality Forum. For time and energy spent to improve and promote the survey, we thank the Center for Excellence in Assisted Living president, Karen Love, and its board members David Kyllo (NCAL); Stephen Maag (LeadingAge); Rachelle Bernstecker (ASHA); and Maribeth Bersani (ALFA). Our appreciation also extends to Sally Reisacher-Petro from the Board and Care Quality Forum and Karl Polzer (NCAL) for their valuable assistance. We sincerely thank the members of the NSRCF Technical Advisory Panel whose expertise helped guide the survey’s definition of residential care; the sampling design; the survey domains of importance; and the questionnaire objectives, structure, and refinements. We are indebted to the dedicated staff at RTI International, including Joshua Weiner, John Loft, Linda Lux, Angela Greene, Sara Zuckerbraun, Katherine Mason, Melissa Hobbs, Timothy Flanigan, and Julie Feldman who made significant contributions every step of the way to ensure the survey’s successful outcome. Critical design, production, and analysis assistance for this project was also provided by Iris Shimizu and Roberto Valverde (NCHS). Lastly, we gratefully acknowledge the facility directors and their staffs who allowed us to collect these data and who were most helpful during this process.

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