A recent study published in Health Affairs, led by Betsy White, focused on how the primary shift worked by staff - day or night shift - affected testing rates and vaccinations for nursing center staff. White and her team found that night-shift staff had the lowest odds of primary vaccination. This was also true of COVID-19 testing.
As part of the IMPACT Collaboratory, which funds and supports research to improve dementia care, IMPACT researchers and the Alzheimer’s Association convened a panel of 12 persons living with dementia (PLWD) and care partners, to learn their thoughts about dementia research and related ethical challenges, and published two reports.
Results from a project led by the University of Utah College of Nursing, in collaboration with the Center for Long-Term Care Quality & Innovation (Q&I) evaluating the use of a video-based intervention, Me & My Wishes, to elicit long-term care residents’ preferences and to improve care plans’ alignment with these preferences.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, nursing center staff have been providing care to vulnerable older adults. Knowing how important staff vaccination coverage levels are to protect nursing center residents, Q&I researchers led several efforts to understand staff vaccine hesitancy and strategies to increase vaccine coverage.
The IMPACT Collaboratory launched an updated website detailing the training and grant funding opportunities available to investigators seeking to gain skills in pragmatic research and to conduct non-drug dementia studies.
Although strict adherence with infection control practices is needed to curb the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in nursing centers, most facilities only have one staff member with specialized infection control training, the infection preventionist. In early 2021, the Connecticut Department of Public Health asked a team of Q&I researchers to create and pilot test a program for nursing homes to extend infection preventionists’ expertise throughout their facilities.