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INTERACT was originally developed in 2006 by Joseph Ouslander, M.D., professor and senior associate dean for Geriatric Programs at the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University.
Dr. Ouslander and his project team began by studying 200 hospitalizations of residents from 20 nursing homes in Georgia to discover factors that contributed to potentially avoidable hospitalizations of residents.
They found that 2/3 of hospitalizations were potentially avoidable for the following reasons:
Based on the data they gathered, Dr. Ouslander and his team developed the INTERACT quality improvement program, which includes three types of tools to help avoid unnecessary hospitalizations:
During a 6-month period in 2009, Dr. Ouslander and his team continued their research by refining and testing the INTERACT program at 25 nursing homes in Florida, New York and Massachusetts.
INTERACT is funded by:
The INTERACT eCurriculum can now be found on Medline University.
Medline will host “Learn How to Successfully Implement INTERACT,” a free webinar on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Central.