PRI Current Projects

Assessing Preferences for Everyday Living in the Nursing Home: Reliability and Concordance Issues

The primary goal of this study is to test the reliability of a measure of psycho-social preferences for everyday living in a frail ethnically diverse nursing home population.

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Toolbox for Improving Behavioral Health in Nursing Homes

The aim of this project is to develop a resource toolbox for clinicians of peer-reviewed non-drug approaches to managing dementia-related behaviors in nursing home residents. 

Predicting Trajectories of Flourishing and Failing in New Nursing Home Residents

Forty-five percent of Americans over the age of 65 will use a nursing home in 2010, and about 24% will stay for a year or more, usually at the end of their lives. These retirement community residents often suffer from comorbid physical, cognitive, and mental disorders that diminish quality of life at the end of life and represent a costly burden to society. Prevention or amelioration of depression and anxiety, and improving well-being, are both important for maximizing life quality and decreasing health care costs for nursing home residents.

BE-ACTIV: Treating Depression in Nursing Homes

This randomized controlled clinical trial seeks to evaluate the efficacy of an activity-based intervention designed to treat those suffering from depression, with and without dementia, who reside in nursing homes.