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Measuring Quality of Care in Assisted Living: A New Tool for Providers, Consumers, and Researchers

Aud, Myra A. PhD, RN; Rantz, Marilyn J. PhD, RN, FAAN; Zwygart-Stauffacher, Mary PhD, RN, FAAN; Flesner, Marcia PhD, RN

DEPARTMENT: Quality Improvement in Long-term Care

Sinclair School of Nursing and Family and Community Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Missouri–Columbia (Drs Aud, Rantz, and Flesner); and College of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire (Dr Zwygart-Stauffacher).

Corresponding author: Myra A. Aud, PhD, RN, Sinclair School of Nursing, University of Missouri–Columbia, Columbia, MO 65211 (e-mail:

The authors acknowledge the contributions of other members of the University of Missouri–Columbia MDS and Nursing Home Quality Research Team and consultants to this work. We gratefully acknowledge the ongoing support of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services staff, Missouri Healthcare Association, and Missouri Association of Homes and Services for the Aged.

Research activities were partially supported by NINR 1R01NR/AG05287-01A2. Opinions are those of the authors and do not represent NINR.

© 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.