AHRQ Grant HS021891: Related Publication Summaries

Improving Nursing Home Compare To Meet the Needs of Minority Populations

1. "Minority voices offer insight to enhance value of Nursing Home Compare report cards."

Gaudet Hefele J, Acevedo A, Nsiah-Jefferson L, and others. Based on AHRQ grant HS21891.
Academy Health. Slides available at:
http://www.academyhealth.org/files/2014/tuesday/hefele.pdf (267.75 KB)

The researchers report on a qualitative focus group study asking racial and ethnic minorities about the types of information they want and need when facing a nursing home placement decision, and specifically about their response to Nursing Home Compare (NHC) report cards. Participants believe that the NHC is helpful in meeting consumer information needs are receptive to seeing stratified/disparity measures.

2. "Choosing a nursing home: what do consumers want to know, and do preferences vary  across race/ethnicity?"

Hefele JG, Acevedo A, Nsiah-Jefferson L, Bishop C, Abbas Y, Damien E, Ramos C.
Health Services Research 2016 Jun;51 Suppl 2:1167-87.
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The researchers sought to identify what consumers want to know about nursing homes (NHs) before choosing one and to determine whether information preferences vary across race/ethnicity. They found that participants wanted detailed information on the facility, policies, staff, and residents, such as location, staff treatment of residents, and resident conditions. Participants also wanted a sense of the NH gestalt and were interested in feedback/reviews from residents/families.

3. "Examining racial and ethnic differences in nursing home quality."

Hefele JG, Ritter GA, Bishop CE, Acevedo A, Ramos C, Nsiah-Jefferson LA, Katz  G.
Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety 2017 Nov;43(11):554-564.

The authors measured within-facility differences for a range of publicly reported nursing home quality measures. They found that, on average, care is delivered equally across all racial/ethnic groups in the same nursing home. They concluded that nursing home providers should attempt to identify racial/ethnic within-facility differences in care.


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