State Nursing Home Quality Improvement Programs: Site Visit and Synthesis Report. Preparation


Prior to the on-site visit, factual information on the quality improvement programs was gathered from the literature review; stakeholder discussions held in Washington, DC; the Texas state web site; and preliminary telephone interviews with Dr. Cortes and others. Information on the following aspects of the programs was gathered and organized in a table. Questions were generated for areas where information was lacking or was unclear. Activities that were related or similar to each other were grouped together: Information was organized into the following points:

  • Program title with a regulatory reference if applicable
  • Program description
  • Agency contact
  • Development of the program
  • Intent/Vision of the program
  • Effectiveness of the program
  • Relationships among agency staff and other related organizations
  • General question
  • Lesson Learned

Discussions took place primarily in the offices of agency staff or stakeholders and lasted from one to three hours. Discussions were generally structured with one researcher presenting both prepared and spontaneous questions while the other researcher took notes.

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