Project ECHO-AGE and nursing home quality of care
US nursing homes (NHs) care for increasing numbers of elderly residents with a diagnosis of dementia and related behavioral difficulties. However, many lack access to specialized expertise and often resort to antipsychotic medications or physical restraints, which can compromise residents' safety, dignity, and autonomy. Project ECHO-AGE aims to increase NH staffs' capacity to provide appropriate care through bi-weekly video-conferences with a multidisciplinary BIDMC geriatric medical team, featuring co-management of complex cases and targeted didactics. Objective: To determine if ECHO-AGE improves NH quality of care.
Gordon, S.E., Monti, S.M., Catic, A.G., et al. Project ECHO-AGE and nursing home quality of care. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. 2015; 16(3):B27-8. March 2015: American Medical Directors Association Annual Conference.