With the nursing home population expected to triple in the next few decades, nurses, consumers, and researchers need ways to measure the quality of nursing home care. Marilyn Rantz, an MU Sinclair School of Nursing professor, and her team have taken the lead to address this issue by developing the observable indicators instrument.
The Observable Indicators of Nursing Home Care Quality (OIQ) instrument is a list of questions and ratings designed to measure the multidimensional concept of quality in nursing homes. We have also recently added an assisted living version of the instrument. Both of these have been tested with three groups of individuals: consumers, ex-regulators, and registered nurses.