There is Still Time to Participate in the National Study of Long-Term Care Providers

The first National Study of Long-Term Care Providers (NSLTCP), launched by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) in September 2012, will end data collection on February 20, 2013. To date, approximately 62% of all adult day services centers in the U.S. have participated in the study; this is just 3 points shy of CDC’s goal of a participation rate of at least 65%. The participation rates vary by state, ranging between 39% and 86%.

There is still time to participate in this groundbreaking study. CDC will accept mail and web questionnaires from adult day services centers through Friday, February 20, 2013. During the last two weeks of data collection, most surveys are being completed by phone interviews conducted by RTI’s trained interviewers, who are calling center directors who have not responded to previous invitations to participate in NSLTCP.

LTCPNADSA encourages all adult day services centers to participate in this important study when they are contacted by an NSLTCP representative. Our organization cannot emphasize enough how NSLTCP represents a significant opportunity for the adult day services industry to be recognized for its important role as a major long-term care provider. Every center counts in this study and participation by all adult day services centers will ensure that CDC’s overview report on long-term care in the US, scheduled for release in late 2013, accurately reflects the adult day services industry. In the overview report, CDC also plans to release state-level estimates, where possible. In addition to that report, an adult day services-specific report about important characteristics of and practices in the adult day services industry is also scheduled for release in late 2013.

Adult day services center directors who have not yet participated in NSLTCP, but would like to, should call 1-800-844-4587 to speak to a member of the NSLTCP project team. Please remember that the data collected from each participating adult day services center will be kept confidential. NCHS has a long history of conducting surveys and is required by federal law to protect the privacy of the information it collects in its surveys.

Please help us help CDC reach its goal of a 65% participation rate by all U.S. adult day services centers. Additional information about NSLTCP is available online at www.cdc.gov/nchs/nsltcp.htm.

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