Special Article| Volume 11, ISSUE 2, P84-91, February 2010

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The Basis For Improving and Reforming Long-Term Care. Part 4: Identifying Meaningful Improvement Approaches (Segment 1)

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      While many aspects of nursing home care have improved over time, numerous issues persist. Presently, a potpourri of approaches and a push to “fix” the problem have overshadowed efforts to correctly define the issues and identify their diverse causes.
      Together, the two segments of this fourth and final article (divided between this month's issue and the next one) in the series identify strategies that should tie reform efforts together. This Segment 1 of Article 4 discusses the need to judge initiatives and proposals by how well they support and/or promote critical elements such as the care delivery process and clinical problem solving and decision making activities. It also covers the need to critically scrutinize and modify the conventional wisdom and to suppress “political correctness” thatcontinues to inhibit vital critical inquiry and dialogue that are needed to define issues correctly and make further progress.
      Ultimately, relatively uncomplicated and inexpensive strategies have the potential to bring dramatic progress. But there needs to be more willingness to rethink the issues and reconsider current approaches.


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