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Culture Change Linked to Reduced Survey Deficiencies in Nursing Homes

Nursing homes that have embraced culture change demonstrated a significant reduction in health-related survey deficiencies, a study shows.  Deficiency citations fell by 14.6 percent between 2004 and 2009 in homes that have implemented culture change relative to a control group of non-culture change nursing homes.  This study was published in a special supplement “Transforming Nursing Home Culture: Evidence for Practice and Policy” to the February 2014 issue of The Gerontologist.  The abstract is available by visiting http://gerontologist.oxfordjournals.org/content/54/Suppl_1/S35.abstract.

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