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Nurs Health Sci. 2019 Jun;21(2):239-244. doi: 10.1111/nhs.12588. Epub 2018 Dec 10.

Benchmarking life quality support interventions in long-term care using the Long-Term Care Quality of Life scale.

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Department of Nursing, Midwifery & Paramedicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, Australian Catholic University, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.


We aimed to develop a graphical procedure for benchmarking quality of life care results using the Long-Term Care Quality of Life (LTC-QoL) scale. While clinical care quality benchmarking is now well established, similar research for quality of life (QOL) aged care benchmarking has received scant attention. Data from 10 facilities utilizing the LTC-QoL scale were analysed to establish baseline statistics for developing a graphical procedure for QOL benchmarking. Client LTC-QoL records were tested with varimax rotation factor analysis revealing three viable benchmarking themes: B1 (Self-efficacy), B2 (supporting relationships), and B3 (outlook on life) were selected for benchmark development utilizing Analysis of Means to generate graphical outputs using Minitab version 17.3.1. In this way, in the absence of verified industry standards, it is possible to compare organizations providing similar services using the same indicators, against group averages. In conclusion, the benchmarking protocol produced comparative information on three benchmarks for 10 facilities. Similar analysis is feasible for a single facility over time. The results of these analyses provide evidence for on-site discussion of quality of life care quality performance.


LTC-QoL; best practice; care benchmarking; long-term care; quality of life


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