A global agenda for clinical research and quality of care in nursing homes

Debbie Tolson, Yves Rolland, Sandrine Andrieu, Jean-Pierre Aquino, John Beard, Athanase Benetos, Gilles Berrut, Laura Coll-Planas, Birong Dong, Françoise Forette, Alain Franco, Simone Franzoni, Antoni Salvà, Daniel Swagerty, Marco Trabucchi, Bruno Vellas, Ladislav Volicer, John E Morley, The International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics/World Health Organization/Society Française de Gérontologie et de Gériatrie Task Force

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A workshop charged with identifying the main clinical concerns and quality of care issues within nursing homes was convened by the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, with input from the World Health Organization. The workshop met in Toulouse, France, during June 2010. Drawing on the latest evidence and mindful of the international development agenda and specific regional challenges, consensus was sought on priority actions and future research. The impetus for this work was the known variation in the quality of nursing home care experiences of older people around the world. The resulting Task Force recommendations include instigation of sustainable strategies designed to enhance confidence among older people and their relatives that the care provided within nursing homes is safe, mindful of their preferences, clinically appropriate, and delivered with respect and compassion by appropriately prepared expert doctors, registered nurses, administrators, and other staff. The proposals extend across 4 domains (Reputational Enhancement and Leadership, Clinical Essentials and Care Quality Indicators, Practitioner Education, and Research) that, in concert, will enhance the reputation and status of nursing home careers among practitioners, promote effective evidence-informed quality improvements, and develop practice leadership and research capabilities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)184-9
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American Medical Directors Association
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2011


  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Biomedical Research
  • Congresses as Topic
  • Global Health
  • Humans
  • International Agencies
  • International Cooperation
  • Leadership
  • Nursing Homes
  • Organizational Innovation
  • Organizational Objectives
  • Quality Improvement
  • Quality Indicators, Health Care
  • World Health Organization


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