State Nursing Home Quality Improvement Programs: Site Visit and Synthesis Report. Potential Impact on Quality

05/15/2003

No state included in our study has yet done any formal analysis to of the impact of state sponsored training programs. Anecdotally, nursing home administrators and clinical staff reported that training combined with regulatory interpretation and practical applications in nursing home care improved quality. Providers reported making changes in their caregiving practice after participating in a seminar in which a surveyor provided interpretation of regulations, followed by a panel discussion and presentations by facilities of their best practices in that particular clinical area. Some stakeholders said they thought training was a critical but insufficient element of good quality care.

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