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 also is a professor of medicine UCLA where she holds the Anna & Harry Borun Endowed Chair in Geriatrics. At the Los Angeles VA she is associate director for education in the HSR&D Center of Innovation. As a practicing geriatrician and health services researcher, 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, hospitals, homes, post-acute care and nursing homes. 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. National tests showed significant gains in MDS reliability, validity, staff satisfaction, and efficiency. Saliba's current research includes developing measures of physician performance in post-acute and long-term care; inclusion of patient and family priorities in weighting quality measures, and the relationship between nursing home quality and staffing structures. Saliba is deputy editor for the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society and past president and board chair of the American Geriatrics Society. She serves on several national expert panels, including the CMS 5-star TEP and National Quality Forum Committees. Saliba received her M.D. from the University of Alabama where she also completed an internal medicine residency. She completed fellowships in health services research and geriatric medicine at UCLA where she received an M.P.H. in epidemiology.