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Gerontologist. 1997 Aug;37(4):543-50.

Selecting nursing home residents for satisfaction surveys.

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  • 1Borun Center for Gerontological Research, Jewish Home for the Aging, Reseda, CA 91335, USA.


Many cognitively impaired nursing home (NH) residents are excluded from interviews measuring quality of life or care based on the belief that these residents cannot accurately answer questions. These exclusions are based on subjective criteria and ignore individual differences among cognitively impaired NH residents. This study describes a screening rule based on four minimum data set (MDS) indicators that provides an objective method for identifying residents capable of accurate report. Sixty percent of a sample of 83 NH residents who could answer yes or no questions about their care could do so accurately. Eighty-one percent of the sample was correctly classified by the MDS indicators.

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