Four ex-regulators toured 29 facilities together and completed the OIQ. One week later one of the ex-regulators returned to the facility. Eighty-seven OIQ were completed by the exregulators. Construct validity analyses revealed an association between survey citations and nearly every subscale as well as the total score of the Observable Indicators instrument. Known groups analyses showed expected trends in the Observable Indicators scores when facilities were classified into three quality groups based on two methods: their survey citations and their quality indicators (QIs) derived from nursing home Minimum Data Set (MDS) assessment data.
The number of survey citations a home receives after a visit from state regulators are frequently used to judge the quality of care in nursing homes. States governments who are making difficult decisions about limited resources could use the OIQ as a proxy for laborintensive visits.Download Instrument PDF