Evaluating Social Work Services in Nursing Homes: Toward Quality Psychosocial Care and Its Measurement


In December 2004 the Institute for the Advancement of Social Work Research convened leaders from policy, government, social work, psychiatry, and nursing to develop a blueprint for improving psychosocial care in nursing homes, a critical component of overall nursing home quality. Despite nursing home reform efforts and social work service provision directed toward meeting residents’ psychosocial needs, there is insufficient attention to measuring and monitoring those services, and psychosocial and mental health needs are not adequately met. The working conference, Evaluating Social Work Services in Nursing Homes: Toward Quality Psychosocial Care and Its Measurement, organized by the Institute for the advancement of Social Work Research (IASWR) in collaboration with the University of Maryland School of Social Work and the Institute for Geriatric Social Work (IGSW) at Boston University was funded by a grant to IASWR from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) (Grant # 1R13HS015505-01). The final report, a Report to the Profession and Blueprint for Action, provides detailed recommended actions steps targeted to practice, education and research and suggestions for partnership activities. A summary of the issues and the agenda for future actions can be found in the Winter 2005 IGSW Issue Brief. <!– /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:”Cambria Math”; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:roman; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-1610611985 1107304683 0 0 159 0;} @font-face {font-family:Calibri; panose-1:2 15 5 2 2 2 4 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:swiss; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-1610611985 1073750139 0 0 159 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-unhide:no; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:””; margin-top:0in; margin-right:0in; margin-bottom:10.0pt; margin-left:0in; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:”Calibri”,”sans-serif”; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family:”Times New Roman”;} .MsoChpDefault {mso-style-type:export-only; mso-default-props:yes; font-size:10.0pt; mso-ansi-font-size:10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;} @page Section1 {size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.0in 1.0in 1.0in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.Section1 {page:Section1;} –> comprehensive Briefing Book comprehensive that served as background for the meeting is available with important resource information on the dimensions of both social work and psychosocial care in nursing homes. A compilation of Web Resources is also provided.


June 11th, 2007 at 11:20 am

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