Enhanced Psychosocial Screening in Nursing Homes: Opportunities for Social Work Highlighted in New Journal Article

“Psychosocial care in nursing homes in the era of the MDS 3.0:  Perspectives of the experts” by Sheryl Zimmerman, Robert Connolly, Joan Levy Zlotnik, Mercedes Bern-Klug and Lauren Cohen was published in the July 2012 Journal of Gerontological Social Work (volume 55, issue 8, pp. 444-457)The article reviews the April 2011 convening of interdisciplinary, research, government and industry experts to address resources and recommendations to improve psychosocial care in nursing homes. Discussion addressed next steps related to the new Minimum Data Set (MDS) 3.0 and care area assessments (CAAs), implemented October, 2010, which relate to seven targeted areas of psychosocial care (delirium, cognition, psychosocial well-being, mood state, behavioral symptoms, pain, and return to the community). The Commonwealth Fund provided funding for the conference that was a collaboration among the University of North Carolina (Zimmerman & Cohen), the University of Iowa (Bern-Klug), the NASW Social Work Policy Institute (Zlotnik) and retired CMS staffer Connolly.  The output from the meeting is also detailed in an executive summary.  Additional information on the potential of the social worker’s role in MDS 3.0 implementation can be found in an *NASW Practice Update MDS 3.0: Implications for Social Workers in Nursing Homes and Community-Based Settings by NASW Senior Practice Associate Chris Herman.

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August 20th, 2012 at 3:43 pm

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