Professional Association Membership by Nursing Facility Administrators and Quality of Care

Published in: Health Care Management Review, v. 27, no. 2, Spring 2002, p. 7-17

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 2002

by Nicholas G. Castle, Barry S. Fogel

This article compares 4,220 nursing homes whose administrators belonged to a long-term-care professional association to 12,322 nursing homes whose administrators did not belong to a long-term-care professional association. The research results show that professional membership is associated with higher quality of care on several measures and with a higher private-pay proportion. The study suggests that these facilities do not do better because they have more resources or because they care for less-challenging residents-they do better because they have a professional association as a resource.

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