Project status: In progress
No comprehensive system currently exists to assess quality of care within Australian residential aged care facilities. An ongoing research collaboration between QUT School of Nursing and Blue Care has attempted to address this gap through the development and national trial of the Clinical Care Indicators (CCI) Tool. The CCI Tool assesses quality of care through clinical outcomes and appears to have excellent potential for use in routine quality monitoring. However, we need a long-term study to test its consistency.
This study seeks to establish the CCI Tool as a viable instrument and to develop preliminary standards against which facilities might compare results. Establishing the CCI Tool's psychometric properties will foster confidence in its use. Developing quality benchmarks will ensure that it has practical applications within the quality improvement cycle. This will enable it to be taken up on a wide scale, thus facilitating assessment and improvement to quality of care provided within residential aged care facilities.
Queensland Nursing Council
- Research team
Stacey Hassall, Senior Policy and Process Facilitator, Business Improvement Team, Blue Care
- Organisational unit
- Lead unit Faculty of Health Other units
- Research areas
Maria O'Reilly PhD Candidate
Publications and output
- Courtney, M., O'Reilly, M. T., Edwards, H., & Hassall, S. (2007). Development of a systematic approach to assessing quality within Australian residential aged care facilities: The Clinical Care Indicators (CCI) Tool. Australian Health Review, 31(4), 582-591.
- O'Reilly, M., Courtney, M., & Edwards, H. (2007). How is quality being monitored in Australian residential aged care facilities? A narrative review. International Journal for Quality in Health Care, 19(3), 177-182.