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Carpenter J, Miller SC, Kolanowski AM, Karel MJ, Periyakoil VS, Lowery J, Levy C, Sales AE, Ersek M. Partnership to Enhance Resident Outcomes for Community Living Center Residents With Dementia: Description of the Protocol and Preliminary Findings. Journal of gerontological nursing. 2019 Mar 1; 45(3):21-30.
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Abstract: The goal of this quality improvement project is to improve care planning around preferences for life-sustaining treatments (LST) and daily care to promote quality of life, autonomy, and safety for U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Community Living Center (CLC) (i.e., nursing home) residents with dementia. The care planning process occurs through partnerships between staff and family surrogate decision makers. This process is separate from but supports implementation of the LST Decision Initiative-developed by the VA National Center for Ethics in Health Care-which seeks to increase the number, quality, and documentation of goals of care conversations (GOCC) with Veterans who have life-limiting illnesses. The current authors will engage four to six VA CLCs in the Mid-Atlantic states, provide teams with audit and feedback reports, and establish learning collaboratives to address implementation concerns and support action planning. The expected outcomes are an increase in CLC residents with dementia who have documented GOCC and LST plans. [Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 45(3), 21-30.].