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January 2022

New Study Finds Staff Assumptions about Race Play a Role in the Variability of Care of Nursing Homes Residents with Advanced Dementia

Remedies include addressing staff biases, increasing funding for facilities, standardizing advance-care planning, and educating staff and families about evidence-based care and shared decision making
BOSTON – A new study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine (JAMA IM) found several factors – including staff assumptions about minoritized groups – may play a role in the variability in the quality of care provided to U.S.

A Multifaceted Statewide COVID-19 Infection Control Program in Massachusetts Nursing Homes Reduced Infection Rates in the Most Vulnerable Residents

BOSTON – A new study published today in the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences found that multifaceted interventions, particularly cohorting of residents, in addition to adherence to proper infection control procedures, can reduce COVID-19 infections, even in facilities with high percentages of high-risk residents. Earlier studies found that high-risk nursing home residents, especially those who were Black or were suffering from dementia, tended to have higher infection rates for COVID-19.