Building the toolkit of quality monitoring clinical outcomes as a means of assessing quality in residential care

O'Reilly, Maria T. (2009) Building the toolkit of quality monitoring clinical outcomes as a means of assessing quality in residential care. In Feldman, Susan (Ed.) Proceedings of 8th National Conference of Emerging Researchers in Ageing. A New Era for Ageing Research: What's in Your Toolkit?, Monash University , Rydges on Swanston, Melbourne, Victoria, p. 159.

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Residential aged care in Australia does not have a system of quality assessment related to clinical outcomes, creating a significant gap in quality monitoring. Clinical outcomes represent the results of all inputs into care, thus providing an indication of the success of those inputs. To fill this gap, an assessment tool based on resident outcomes (the ResCareQA) was developed and evaluated in collaboration with residential care providers. A useful output of the ResCareQA is a profile of resident clinical status, and this paper will use such outputs to present a snapshot of nine residential facilities. Such comprehensive data has not yet been available within Australia, so this will provide an important insight. ResCareQA data was collected from all residents (N=498) of nine aged care facilities from two major aged care providers. For each facility, numerator–denominator data were calculated to assess the degree of potential clinical problems. Results varied across clinical areas and across facilities, and rank-ordered facility results for selected clinical areas are reviewed and discussed. Use of the ResCareQA to generate clinical outcome data provides a concrete means of monitoring care quality within residential facilities; regular use of the ResCareQA could thus contribute to improved care outcomes within residential aged care.

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ID Code: 31526
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Residential Care, Quality of Care, Quality Assessment, Ageing
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > CLINICAL SCIENCES (110300) > Geriatrics and Gerontology (110308)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 28 Mar 2010 22:15
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:08

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