Saturday, April 9, 2011

Participatory Action Research for Culture Change


The culture change movement brought a much-needed emphasis on the dignity and humanity of those receiving long-term care. Research has identified many outcomes of culture change—reduction in over-medication, more home-like environments in LTC, improved social life for residents, and many other targeted benefits. However, as an article in the most recent Gerontologist notes, “little evidence suggests that elders them­selves have participated in the identification of areas in need of improvement within their LTC communities and in the development of culture change initiatives.” (Shura et al 2011). This article presents a study that involved older adult residents directly as experts and participants in implementing culture change in LTC.

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