The Geriatric Health Services Research Lab engages in research that examines the quality, access, and outcomes of patient- and family-centered care approaches across the care continuum. This line of inquiry includes quantifying contemporary care delivery utilization and practices and their relationship to the desired outcomes of patients and family caregivers, as well as evaluating approaches for enhancing the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based programs and services. The following are examples of questions that help guide this research:
- How can we best implement effective programs and services for older adults and their family caregivers in the community?
- In what ways can identifying the needs of family caregivers better prepare them to provide safe and reliable care for older adults?
- Does improving patient and family caregivers’ preparedness for hospital discharge reduce poor health outcomes and service utilization?
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