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Orth J, Li Y, Simning A
Severe behavioral health manifestations in nursing homes: associations with service availability?
The objective of this study was to examine associations between availability of behavioral health (BH) services and the presence of severe depression, suicidal ideation (SI), and severe aggressive behaviors (ABs) among nursing home (NH) residents. 2017 survey data on BH service availability was obtained from 1,051 NHs and the Minimum Data Set (MDS) to identify long-term stay residents in these facilities (n = 101,238). Odds of severe depression were 21% higher when NHs reported inadequate BH staff education as well as 13% higher for SI and 10% higher for severe ABs among residents in facilities reporting inadequate facility infrastructure. Facility-level factors such as staffing, training, and turnover were also statistically significant associations with these severe BH manifestations.
Citation: Orth J, Li Y, Simning A . Severe behavioral health manifestations in nursing homes: associations with service availability? J Am Geriatr Soc 2020 Nov;68(11):2643-49. doi: 10.1111/jgs.16772..
Keywords: Elderly, Nursing Homes, Long-Term Care, Depression, Behavioral Health, Access to Care
Orth J, Li Y, Simning A
Providing behavioral health services in nursing homes is difficult: findings from a national survey.
This study evaluated access to behavioral health services in nursing homes (NHs). A random sample of 2996 NHs in the United States was identified. Two structured surveys were developed with questions on service availability, quality, satisfaction, staffing, staff education, turnover and service barriers. The surveys were mailed to administrators and directors of nursing in NHs between July and December 2017. The results showed that over 30% reported having inadequate coordination of care between NHs and community providers, and 26.2% had inadequate infrastructure for resident referrals or transport. Staff education was the most important factor associated with subpar provision of behavioral health services in nursing homes.
Citation: Orth J, Li Y, Simning A . Providing behavioral health services in nursing homes is difficult: findings from a national survey. J Am Geriatr Soc 2019 Aug;67(8):1713-17. doi: 10.1111/jgs.16017..
Keywords: Elderly, Nursing Homes, Behavioral Health, Access to Care, Long-Term Care, Healthcare Delivery