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Brown to create most comprehensive long-term care database
Date:11/15/2007

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] More than 1.4 million Americans live in nursing homes today. By 2020, an estimated 12 million will need long-term care, whether in a nursing home, assisted living facility, chronic care hospital or from an at-home health service provider.

At this time of skyrocketing demand for long-term care, the National Institute on Aging has awarded Brown University a major grant to create the first research database aimed at improving the nations long-term care system and the lives of the elderly who rely on that system to eat, take medications and carry out other tasks of daily living.

Vincent Mor, chairman of the Department of Community Health at Brown and a member of the Universitys Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research, is principal investigator on the five-year, $10-million grant. Mor and his team will take existing federal data on Medicare reimbursement claims, patient hospitalization rates and other data and combine it with new information the team will collect on the health status of residents, reimbursement rates for long-term care services, the organization of those services, and other topics from a random sample of 2,600 nursing homes across the country. The group will also collect information on relevant policies from all 50 states.

The goal: Allow researchers to trace a clear relationship among state policies, local market forces and the quality of long-term care. Policy-makers can then use the information to craft state and local guidelines that promote high-quality, cost-effective, equitable care for older Americans.

At the end of this project, well have the single-most comprehensive data set on long-term care in the United States, Mor said. This storehouse of data will be used, ultimately, to shape policies that improve the health of older Americans.

The grant will support four projects, each run by researchers in Browns nationally recognized Center for Gerontology
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Contact: Wendy Lawton
Wendy_Lawton@brown.edu
401-863-1862
Brown University
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