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The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) is beginning the next biennial National Study of Long-Term Care Providers.
The study will provide nationally representative statistical information about the supply and use of paid, regulated long-term care providers in the United States.
Directors of adult day services and residential care communities will be asked to provide information through a mail or web questionnaire about the characteristics of residential care communities, the services offered, and staffing; and the demographics, functional status and health of the residents served.
Data obtained through mail and web questionnaires will be used to produce national and state estimates (wherever possible) to help inform long-term care providers, planners, researchers, and policymakers about community-based care. Participation is voluntary and the information provided will be used only for statistical purposes and held in the strictest confidence.
However, the power and accuracy of the survey depend on the response rate.
The results of the 2012 survey, in which many LeadingAge members participated, were published by the CDC last year.
There is no doubt that many LeadingAge members will be part of the random, nationally representative sample of residential providers participating in the study. It is important that those selected to participate respond accordingly because each response in the sample is vital to capturing an accurate picture of residential care in the U.S.
The National Study of Long-Term Care Providers has replaced the National Nursing Home Survey, National Home and Hospice Care Survey, and National Survey of Residential Care Facilities.