Funding from NINR enabled large-scale field testing of an instrument to measure the observable multidimensional components of the concept of nursing home care quality. Field testing in 3 states was directed by research teams at the University of Missouri-Columbia (MU) Sinclair School of Nursing (SSON) and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire College of Nursing. The instrument development was sparked by a cooperative venture between the Missouri Department of health and Senior Services and the MUSSON to improve the quality of care in Missouri nursing homes. The Observable Indicators of Nursing Home Care Quality Instrument (OIQ) has been under development by the MU MDS and Nursing Home Quality Research Team for more than 10 years and has undergone numerous changes on the basis of qualitative and quantitative multidisciplinary research projects. As the instrument name implies, each item refers to some directly observable aspect of quality of care in any nursing home. The instrument is designed to guide researchers, healthcare professionals, and consumers or regulators in appraising specific indicators of quality care during an approximate 30-minute inspection of a nursing home.
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