Involvement of Advanced Practice Nurse in the management of geriatric conditions: examples from different countries

The increasing demand for healthcare services is placing great strain on healthcare systems throughout the world. Although the older population is increasing worldwide, there is a marked deficit in the number of persons trained in geriatrics. It is now...

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Dance-based therapy in a program of all-inclusive care for the elderly: an integrative approach to decrease fall risk

Loss of balance and diminished gait are major fall risk factors in older persons. Literature suggests that physical activity based on dance may improve balance and gait. The aim of this pilot study was to determine whether dance-based therapy...

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Systematic review of studies of staffing and quality in nursing homes

Numerous studies in the past three decades have explored the relationships between staffing levels in nursing homes and quality of care measures. However, the wide array of studies researching staffing and quality of care, many with conflicting results, make...

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Integrative review of physical activity intervention research with aging adults

This paper reviews randomized, controlled trials (RCTs) that have attempted to increase physical activity behavior by aging adults. A systematic review was necessary because numerous studies target older adults, and previous reviews have addressed a limited range of primary...

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Findings from a participatory evaluation of a smart home application for older adults

The aim of this paper is to present a participatory evaluation of an actual “smart home” project implemented in an independent retirement facility. Using the participatory evaluation process, residents guided the research team through development and implementation of the...

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Nursing home quality, cost, staffing, and staff-mix

The purpose of this study was to describe the processes of care, organizational attributes, cost of care, staffing level, and staff mix in a sample of Missouri homes with good, average, and poor resident outcomes. In facilities with good...

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Nursing home costs and quality of care outcomes

The article focuses on nursing homes costs and quality of care outcomes. Consumers are demanding mechanisms that will allow them to evaluate the quality of care provided in nursing homes. Policymakers, who are responsible for oversight of the public...

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Pain management in nursing homes: What do quality measures tell us?

Pain management for older adults residing in nursing homes continues to present multifaceted challenges to health care practitioners and researchers. This study, which focuses on improvement in pain assessment and management, is a secondary analysis of data from a...

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Entrepreneurial program of research and service to improve nursing home care

This is a methodological article intended to demonstrate the integration of multiple goals, multiple projects with diverse foci, and multiple funding sources to develop an entrepreneurial program of research and service to directly affect and improve the quality of...

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Research methods: Managing primary study quality in meta-analyses

Meta-analyses synthesize multiple primary studies and identify patterns of relationships. Differences in primary study methodological quality must be addressed for meta-analysis to produce meaningful results. No single standard exists for addressing these quality variations. Quality measurement scales are fraught...

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