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

and Health Care Research. The projects will help researchers:
  • understand how state policies and regional differences in medical treatment affect the frequency with which residents in long-term care settings are hospitalized for conditions such as hip fracture and Alzheimers disease;
  • pinpoint the effects of racial segregation on nursing home quality of care;
  • identify the policy and market forces that dictate the organization of medical staff support in nursing homes; and
  • track state policy changes over a 10-year period and their effect on the use of hospice and other forms of palliative care in nursing homes.

Most of us will need some form of long-term care during our lives, whether thats the occasional assistance of a home health nurse or the constant care of nursing home staff, said Terrie Fox Wetle, associate dean of medicine for public health and public policy at Brown and a lead investigator on the NIA project. We want to be sure that the elderly are getting the best care possible. One way to do that is to craft sound state policies, policies based on real, reliable data on reimbursement rates, staffing patterns and other factors that directly affect long-term care quality.

John Haaga, deputy director of the Behavioral and Social Research Program at the National Institute on Aging, a component of the National Institutes of Health, said that when Browns database is complete in 2012, it will be the first to track nursing home performance and policy on a state level for all 50 states. The projects ambitious nature is just one reason it was funded, Haaga said.

Browns 20-year, trailblazing track record on nursing home policy and end-of-life care research was also a factor in the award, along with the multidisciplinary, cross-institutional nature of the project. Mor recruited two preeminent Brown social scientists Andrew Foster, professor and chairman of the Department of Economics, and John Logan, professor of
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Contact: Wendy Lawton
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