Culture Change = Fewer Deficiencies

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Chris Perna

Good morning, ProviderNation.

Here at The Eden Alternative, we are always trying to make the business case for culture change. For those of us who have already seen the power of person-centered care, its many benefits are obvious.

Unfortunately, some in our field are still not convinced. But a new study in the February edition of The Gerontologist gives us evidence of the value of culture change models of care.

The study, which examines 250 nursing homes identified as “culture change adopters,” finds that they had just under 15 percent fewer deficiencies on average than non-culture change homes during the same time period.

Researchers used data from The Pioneer Network over the span of 2004 to 2009 to identify culture change adopters. The study looked primarily at the impact of culture change on quality of care by focusing on staffing, health-related deficiencies, and other quality indicators.

This is significant.

It should help the doubters see one of the real benefits of culture change—better quality. The value of person-centered care certainly makes sense intuitively, but this comprehensive study makes the case scientific, demonstrable, and repeatable.

Culture change works in so many ways to improve quality of life and quality of care, and it makes good business sense.

Hopefully, this new information will get more organizations to give culture change a second look.

Today’s guest blogger is Chris Perna, chief executive officer of The Eden Alternative. Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisPerna2

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One response to “Culture Change = Fewer Deficiencies

  1. I’ve personally seen culture change make a positive impact on residents state of mind and general well being.

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