AHRQ Grantee Profile Nicholas G. Castle, Ph.D., M.H.A.
AHRQ’s latest grantee profile features Nicholas G. Castle, Ph.D., M.H.A., who has dedicated his career to the study of improving safety and quality in long-term care settings, including nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
Dr.Castle, chair and professor in the Department of Health Policy, Management, and Leadership at West Virginia University in Morgantown, has examined the many factors that impact the quality of care, staffing, resident satisfaction, and adverse event reporting. Dr. Castle noted that measuring and reporting satisfaction with nursing home care can help facilities improve some aspects of quality. His research was instrumental in testing one of the survey modules developed to measure the satisfaction and experiences of short-stay nursing home residents who were discharged home or to other facilities.
Dr. Castle is the Editor for International Research for The Gerontologist. He also serves on the editorial boards of The Gerontologist, Research in Gerontological Nursing, the Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine, and the Journal of Applied Gerontology. He is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and a member of the Association of Health Services Research.