Long-Term Care

Effect of Nursing Home Policies on Quality
With funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Howard Degenholtz is the co-investigator of this project to determine whether nursing home policies that implement best practices are associated with higher quality of care.

Improving Quality of Life in Nursing Home Residents
With support from the Commonwealth Fund, this two year project headed by Howard Degenholtz seeks to develop and pilot test a comprehensive approach to improving quality of life of nursing home residents. Assessment and care planning materials for nursing home staff to use with their residents are products of this project.

Quality of Life in Nursing Homes
Howard Degenholtz is collaborating on this project funded by the National Institutes of Aging to study the quality of life of nursing home residents, especially the impact of the physical environment on quality of life.

Organization Change to Improve Nursing Home Environment
Howard Degenholtz with Joel Rosen (PI) received funding from the AHRQ to conduct an organizational change intervention in two local nursing homes.  This study resulted in several publications relating to training staff to prevent pressure ulcers, job satisfaction and turnover, and longitudinal patterns of resident quality of life.

Selecting Long-Term Care
Howard Degenholtz received funding from the California Health Care Foundation to examine how people use the internet to select long-term care.  Working with a marketing research firm, he conducts focus groups and interviews with opinion leaders, nursing home staff, care managers, and relatives of people using long-term care in California.