State Nursing Home Quality Improvement Programs: Site Visit and Synthesis Report. Overview of the Washington Site Visit


This report describes our exploration of the nursing home quality improvement program initiated by the State of Washington. It begins with background information on the program and how the visit and discussions were structured and continues with a brief description of the origin and rationale for the program. A description of the program follows along with the research team's findings (from discussions with state employees, nursing facility respondents, and consumer representatives) regarding the overall strengths and weaknesses or the programs as well as a discussion of the effect that this program is said to have had on the quality of life and quality of care of Washington nursing home residents. It concludes with suggestions from program designers and participants to other states that might want to implement a similar program, the sustainability of the various programs and the respondents' opinions on the role of the Federal Government in quality improvement in nursing facilities.

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