Additional Findings from 2012 Survey Poised for Summer Release
Last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) launched the 2014 National Study of Long-Term Care Providers (NSLTCP). NSLTCP includes a survey of all adult day services centers in the United States. Many providers have already responded by mail and online, but NCHS reports that we still have a long way to go to meet or exceed the desired 65% response rate. Directors who did not respond to the questionnaire packet they received in June, nor to the reminder letter, should have received another packet that was mailed out in mid-July.
Enthusiasm for the 2014 NSLTCP is high, especially as many providers look forward to the release of the two adult day data briefs using the 2012 survey data. NCHS will release those data briefs later this summer. NADSA will be the first to feature the findings in the data briefs during an August 19 webinar with NCHS staff. Among other things, the provider data brief covers select services offered by adult day services centers, focusing on differences by for-profit versus nonprofit centers. The data brief also covers admission screening practices and disease-specific programs for cognitive impairment and depression in adult day services centers. A greater percentage of for-profit centers than nonprofit centers provide select services and disease-specific programs.
The second data brief focuses on participant characteristics, such as race/ethnicity and select medical conditions, also examining differences among participants in for-profit versus nonprofit centers. For-profit centers provide care to a larger percentage of participants who are not non-Hispanic White, while a larger percentage of participants in nonprofit centers have Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and developmental disabilities. Other patterns in provider and participant characteristics, by center ownership, will be presented during the webinar, in addition to state estimates for the characteristics presented. Register now for the webinar to learn more about these findings and about variations in state estimates.
In the meantime, NCHS encourages all center directors who have not done so already to submit their questionnaires, by mail or online, by August 15. Your participation will help ensure that your state exceeds the response rate it achieved in the 2012 survey. Participation is voluntary but strongly encouraged. Every submitted questionnaire counts!
NCHS has contracted with RTI International, an independent, nonprofit research organization, to collect the NSLTCP data. RTI has a dedicated survey team and a toll-free phone number (1-877-225-4434) where center directors can call to ask questions about the survey. Please visit www.cdc.gov/nchs/nsltcp.htm to learn more about the survey—including a fact sheet, FAQs, and a link to the 2014 questionnaire.
—By Lisa Dwyer