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Van Haitsma K.,Polisher Research Institute | Crespy S.,Madlyn and Leonard Abramson Center for Jewish Life | Humes S.,Madlyn and Leonard Abramson Center for Jewish Life | Elliot A.,Pioneer Network | And 8 more authors.
Journal of the American Medical Directors Association | Year: 2014

Background: Increasingly, nursing home (NH) providers are adopting a person-centered care (PCC) philosophy; yet, they currently lack methods to measure their progress toward this goal. Few PCC tools meet criteria for ease of use and feasibility in NHs. The purpose of this article is to report on the development of the concept and measurement of preference congruence among NH residents (phase 1), its refinement into a set of quality indicators by Advancing Excellence in America's Nursing Homes (phase 2), and its pilot evaluation in a sample of 12 early adopting NHs prior to national rollout (phase 3). The recommended toolkit for providers to use to measure PCC consists of (1) interview materials for 16personal care and activity preferences from Minimum Data Set 3.0, plus follow-up questions that ask residents how satisfied they are with fulfillment of important preferences; and (2) an easy to use Excel spreadsheet that calculates graphic displays of quality measures of preference congruence and care conference attendance for an individual, household or NH. Twelve NHs interviewed residents (N= 146) using the toolkit; 10 also completed a follow-up survey and 9 took part in an interview evaluating their experience. Results: NH staff gave strong positive ratings to the toolkit. All would recommend it to other NHs. Staff reported that the toolkit helped them identify opportunities to improve PCC (100%), and found that the Excel tool was comprehensive (100%), easy to use (90%), and provided high quality information (100%). Providers anticipated using the toolkit to strengthen staff training as well as to enhance care planning, programming and quality improvement. Conclusions: The no-cost PCC toolkit provides a new means to measure the quality of PCC delivery. As of February 2014, over 700 nursing homes have selected the Advancing Excellence in America's Nursing Homes PCC goal as a focus for quality improvement. The toolkit enables providers to incorporate quality improvement by moving beyond anecdote, and advancing more systematically toward honoring resident preferences. © 2014 AMDA - The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine. Source


Carvalho M.D.,CCMM Dep. Quimica e Bioquimica | Ferreira L.P.,CFMC | Borges R.P.,CFMC Dep. Fisica | Godinho M.,CFMC Dep. Fisica
Journal of Solid State Chemistry | Year: 2012

Iron doped (5%) ZnO powders were prepared by hydrothermal and combustion methods. Subsequent heating treatments on these samples were performed under air and also under a reductive atmosphere. Powder XRD, Mössbauer spectroscopy and magnetization studies were used to characterize the products and investigate the localization of iron ions in the ZnO lattice. It was shown that a mixture with a ZnFe 2O 4 type phase was obtained when the sample was prepared by the hydrothermal method, while Fe 3 occupy tetrahedral sites of the ZnO lattice in the case of the sample obtained by the combustion method. The magnetic measurements show that no ferromagnetism was detected in the iron doped ZnO compound, neither in the as prepared state nor after reduction. © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Source


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Cfmc | Date: 1997-04-30

software for medical providers to monitor quality control and regulatory compliances.


Trademark
Cfmc | Date: 1997-04-30

computer software for medical providers to monitor quality control and regulatory compliance.


Lehmann M.,TU Chemnitz | Lehmann M.,University of Lisbon | Kohn C.,TU Chemnitz | Kohn C.,University of Lisbon | And 4 more authors.
Chemistry - A European Journal | Year: 2010

(Figure Presented) Line up! Two optical axes in nematic phases make high demands on the mesogen design. V-shaped, shape-persistent fluorenone nematogens have been shown to assemble in low-temperature nematic liquid-crystal phases with biaxial order (see figure). © 2010 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim. Source

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