Program Evaluation and Research Solutions

balancing rocksClinical Program Evaluation and Research Solutions focus on the means and measures that support current and sustainable quality of palliative care for older adults across the continuum of care. Measurable results translate into best practices that support a quality and performance improvement model of care.

Dr. Long is an experienced program evaluator and researcher and has developed sophisticated and comprehensive evaluation plans for local healthcare settings and across regional, national and international venues. Below is a partial list of program evaluation and research solutions. Others are in development. Please inquire if an aspect of program evaluation and research solutions is not on the list and is of interest to you.

  • Evaluate outcomes and evidence-based palliative care practice approaches in dementia care including knowledge and attitudes of staff, organizational support for dementia care, and cost as a result of an education and practice improvement program
  • Examine impact and change related to end-of-life training that result in improved quality of care, cost-savings, and improved knowledge of staff
  • Target staff results and outcomes related to pain management training and program development in home health, hospice and long-term care settings
  • Implement Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) methods to develop, measure, and capitalize on quality of care in palliative care settings
  • Facilitate or execute a results-driven project development
  • Align standards of care and performance measures with organizational outcomes in the care of older adults

Examples of completed projects:

  • Developed and tested instrument to evaluate knowledge and attitudes of care staff in palliative care and patient and family satisfaction using the Questionnaire of Palliative Care for Advanced Dementia©(qPAD) with Alzheimer’s Association in New York City and Chicago and Phoenix, Arizona. qPAD is being used globally in Australia, England, Ireland, and Canada with translated versions in Japan and Taiwan.
  • Developed metrics to measure results of palliative care for advanced dementia programs using Artifacts of Culture Change in Dementia Care©
  • Used the Minimum Data Set (MDS) 3.0 to measure changes in the care of older adults with pain or dementia residing in long-term care settings in Arizona and New York
  • Developed outcome monitoring in hospice pain management
  • Studied the integration and impact of technology in hospice and home health care
  • Collaborated with large non-profit organizations to 1) cost-out palliative care services in a nursing home, 2) advise on a community-based hospice program
  • Conducted research on trends in aging and home healthcare and palliative care needs in a large metropolitan community

Contact Carol O. Long, PhD, RN, FPCN, FAAN

To contact Carol O. Long, PhD, RN, FPCN, FAAN about palliative Program Evaluation & Research, send her a message or call 480.893.3685.