The Association is pleased to announce that last year’s Qindex research conducted in partnership with the University of Toronto has now been published in Longwoods’ Healthcare Quarterly.
The Qindex is a composite metric of the nine publicly reported CIHI quality indicators (falls, antipsychotic use, pain, worsened pain, restraint use, worsened physical functioning, improved physical functioning, depression, and pressure ulcers).
The study describes the overall quality performance of LTC homes across five years (2012–2017) and determines if organizational factors impact quality performance. The results demonstrate significant, continuous sector-wide improvement in overall quality performance over time, as well as some differences based on home size, operator size, and ownership.
A preview of the Qindex findings was published earlier this year in the Association’s This is Long-Term Care 2019 report. The article in Healthcare Quarterly provides further findings and the methodology behind the research. The published paper in Healthcare Quarterly positions the Qindex, a global metric of quality, as a valuable tool for quality measurement and management in the LTC sector. Congratulations to Qindex authors Andrea Wilkinson, Vinita Haroun, Tommy Wong, Nancy Cooper and Mark Chignell on the publication of their research.