Quality of Life in Nursing Homes

An Emerging Focus of Research and Practice

Published in: Quality Care in Geriatric Settings: Focus on Ethical Issues / Edited by P. R. Katz, R. L. Kane, M. D. Mezey (New York: Springer Publishing Co., 1995), Chapter 9, p. 149-194

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 1995

by Darryl Wieland, Lisa V. Rubenstein, Susan H. Hirsch

This chapter outlines how the health professions conceptualize quality of life and apply it to frail elderly persons who reside in nursing homes, reviews measurement approaches used by clinical researchers to assess their quality of life, and reviews research on interventions that impact nursing home quality of life. The authors suggest an agenda for research on clinical quality of life of institutional long-term care populations.

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