Debra Saliba

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Affiliated Adjunct Staff
Santa Monica Office


M.D., University of Alabama; M.P.H., UCLA School of Public Health

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Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Anna and Harry Borun Chair in Geriatrics and Gerontology, University of California, Los Angeles; Director, UCLA/JH Borun Center for Gerontological Research; Research Physician, VA GLAHS GRECC and HSR&D Center of Excellence

Recent Projects

  • Improving quality of life and safety in long-term care
  • Individualizing goals of care
  • Revision and validation of the Minimum Data Set for Nursing Homes (MDS 3.0)
  • Development and validation of the Vulnerable Elders 13 Item Survey (VES-13)

Selected Publications

D. Saliba, Uniform Patient Assessment for Post-Acute Care, Final Report, eds. A. Kramer et al. Chapter 3, pp. 39-85, Aurora: CO, Division of Health Care Policy and Research, 2006

J. Sangl et al., "Challenges in Measuring Nursing Home and Home Health Quality: Lessons from the First National Healthcare Quality Report," Medical Care, 43(3), 2005

D. Saliba et al., "Feasibility of Quality Indicators for the Management of Geriatric Syndromes in Nursing Home Residents," Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 5(5), 2004

D. Saliba et al., "Function and Response of Nursing Facilities During Community Disaster," American Journal of Public Health, 94(8), 2004

D. Saliba et al., "The Vulnerable Elders Survey: A Tool for Identifying Vulnerable Older People in the Community," Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 49(12), 2001