It seems obvious to ask nursing home residents about their own health. But until a quiet revolution that took place in 2010, it didn't work that way.
Oct 9, 2012
Debra Saliba is a senior natural scientist at the RAND Corporation. She holds the UCLA Anna & Harry Borun Endowed Chair in Geriatrics and directs the UCLA Borun Center. She is also a physician researcher at the Los Angeles VA GRECC and VA HSR&D Center of Innovation. Saliba's research focuses on creating tools and knowledge that can be applied to improving quality of care and quality of life of vulnerable older adults across care settings including clinics, hospital, home, and nursing homes. Her research has addressed transfers from nursing homes to hospitals, disaster response, patient safety, pressure ulcer care, development and application of quality measures, the association between institutional structure and quality, and the development of instruments to predict functional limitation and death. One focus of Saliba's work has been direct inclusion of older adults in assessments of their health and needs. She developed the VES-13, a survey that identifies vulnerable elders living in the community. Saliba was the principal investigator for CMS's MDS 3.0 Revision and Evaluation project and collaborative VA MDS Validation project. Significant gains in MDS reliability, validity, staff satisfaction, and assessment efficiency were seen in national testing. Saliba's current research includes assisting CMS with developing, testing, and implementing standardized data elements across post-acute care settings to meet IMPACT Act objectives; assisting California in developing Home and Community Universal Assessment and processes; and a randomized trial to decrease transfers from nursing homes to hospitals. Saliba received her M.D. from the University of Alabama.