Title

Clinical practice guidelines in the nursing home

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Quantitative Health Sciences

Date

1-31-2002

Document Type

Article

Medical Subject Headings

Diffusion of Innovation; Guideline Adherence; Health Care Surveys; Health Personnel; Humans; Neoplasms; Nursing Homes; Pain; Palliative Care; *Practice Guidelines as Topic; Pressure Ulcer; Quality Assurance, Health Care; Stroke; United States; United States Department of Veterans Affairs; Urinary Incontinence

Disciplines

Biostatistics | Epidemiology | Health Services Research

Abstract

Clinical practice guidelines are an important tool for improving quality of care. This study determined whether and how guidelines are being used in nursing homes. We surveyed staff at 36 Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) nursing homes. Employees were asked whether they were familiar with guidelines as well as whether 5 specific guidelines had been read, were available, and had been adopted. Among 1065 respondents (60% of those surveyed), 79% reported familiarity with guidelines. The proportion of staff at a facility reporting adoption was generally less than 50%. Those nursing homes in which a high percentage of the staff reported adoption of one guideline were more likely to have adopted other guidelines. However, staff were not more likely to report adoption of a specific guideline when the nurse manager stated that it was adopted. We conclude that staff at VA nursing homes are familiar with guidelines. Guideline adoption at individual nursing homes, however, is not a systematic process involving the entire staff.

Rights and Permissions

Citation: Am J Med Qual. 2001 Nov-Dec;16(6):189-95. Link to article on publisher's site

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