Measuring the frequency of contact between nursing home residents and their family and friends.

Cynthia L. Port, J. Richard Hebel, Ann L. Gruber-Baldini, Mona Baumgarten, Lynda Burton, Sheryl Zimmerman, Jay Magaziner

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BACKGROUND: The involvement of family and friends in nursing home care represents an important resource for an overburdened long-term care system. However, little guidance exists for researchers interested in measuring family involvement. OBJECTIVES: This methodological report provides an overview of approaches to measuring family involvement in nursing home care and examines agreement between family and staff on the frequency of visits and telephone calls to a resident by family and friends. Agreement is also assessed for subgroups of the sample based on characteristics of the family, staff, facility, and resident. METHODS: From a large and representative sample of nursing home residents, 823 pairs of significant others and staff were interviewed. Primary variables were reports of visitation and telephone contact received by the resident in the preceding 2 weeks according to the significant other and staff person. RESULTS: Significant other reports of visitation and telephone contact were significantly higher than staff reports (p

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)52-56
Number of pages5
JournalNursing Research
Volume52
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2003
Externally publishedYes

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Port, C. L., Hebel, J. R., Gruber-Baldini, A. L., Baumgarten, M., Burton, L., Zimmerman, S., & Magaziner, J. (2003). Measuring the frequency of contact between nursing home residents and their family and friends. Nursing Research, 52(1), 52-56.

Measuring the frequency of contact between nursing home residents and their family and friends. / Port, Cynthia L.; Hebel, J. Richard; Gruber-Baldini, Ann L.; Baumgarten, Mona; Burton, Lynda; Zimmerman, Sheryl; Magaziner, Jay.

In: Nursing Research, Vol. 52, No. 1, 01.2003, p. 52-56.

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Port, CL, Hebel, JR, Gruber-Baldini, AL, Baumgarten, M, Burton, L, Zimmerman, S & Magaziner, J 2003, 'Measuring the frequency of contact between nursing home residents and their family and friends.', Nursing Research, vol. 52, no. 1, pp. 52-56.
Port CL, Hebel JR, Gruber-Baldini AL, Baumgarten M, Burton L, Zimmerman S et al. Measuring the frequency of contact between nursing home residents and their family and friends. Nursing Research. 2003 Jan;52(1):52-56.
Port, Cynthia L. ; Hebel, J. Richard ; Gruber-Baldini, Ann L. ; Baumgarten, Mona ; Burton, Lynda ; Zimmerman, Sheryl ; Magaziner, Jay. / Measuring the frequency of contact between nursing home residents and their family and friends. In: Nursing Research. 2003 ; Vol. 52, No. 1. pp. 52-56.
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