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For Profit nursing homes provide less quality of care

Published on August 10th, 2009

The LA Times had an interesting and enlightening article discussing how numerous studies have shown that not for profit nursing homes provide better quality of care than for profit nursing homes.

In the United States, two-thirds of nursing homes are investor-owned, for-profit businesses. The results of an analysis published prove that not-for-profit homes provide higher quality care. The paper, published online in the British Medical Journal, examined 82 studies carried out in the United States and Canada between 1965 to 2003.  Forty studies showed significantly better quality in not-for-profit homes. Nursing homes, whether for-profit or not-for-profit, vary substantially in their management styles, motivations and organizational behavior.  However, the analysis found that nursing home residents in the United States would receive 500,000 more hours of nursing care per day if all not-for-profit institutions provided all nursing home care.

Given the costs of nursing home care and the fears families have about the well-being of their loved ones, more research describing the qualities of superior nursing homes might be in order.

 

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