Regulating and standardizing the assessment of residents was envisioned by the 1986 Committee on Nursing Home Reform to have many advantages for facility management, government regulatory agencies, and clinical staff to evaluate changes in resident status and adjust the care plans accordingly. Standardized assessment data was viewed as a source of management information to be used to track case mix (i.e., acuity) of residents, allocate resources such as staff, and evaluate care quality. The Resident Assessment Instrument is a clinically relevant assessment process that can facilitate effective care planning, interventions, and quality improvement. It is a clinically complex process requiring care delivery systems developed by RNs to support the implementation of individualized care.
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