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Facility administrators' assessment of quality of long-term care in Southern California facilities: A qualitative study
by Wiggins, Kathleen, D.H.A., University of Phoenix, 2012, 138; 3569150
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of the qualitative descriptive study was to find the most effective strategies to best utilize limited resources and ultimately improve the quality of elder care. As funding for elder care is acquired from multiple sources, leaders in elder care reform can benefit from increased information. The research study involved exploring the current state of long-term care (LTC) facilities and ascertaining the issues and challenges that affect quality care and the quality of life of residents in the short and long term. Snowball sampling was used to select knowledgeable people from their peers and the application of snowball sampling resulted in 12 LTC administrators in Southern California who participated in the study. Data were collected via an interview protocol designed for the purpose of the study. Data were analyzed through descriptive statistics data analysis strategies to determine the presence and prevalence of common perspectives expressed by the administrators. Participants for the study were recruited through administrators and executive directors who work in LTC facilities. The study revealed that in addition to basic physical care, a holistic approach that provides emotional or psychological care and establishes respect for the rights and privacy of resident patients is especially important.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Grondal, Gwenn
Commitee: Hernandez, Gema G., Lowrey, Kimberly
School: University of Phoenix
Department: Advanced Studies
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-B 74/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Gerontology, Aging, Health care management
Keywords: Elderly, Facility administrators, Long-term care facilities, Quality of care
Publication Number: 3569150
ISBN: 978-1-303-03977-5
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