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The Australian Physiotherapy Association APA expressed concerns that the Agency places insufficient emphasis on ensuring the presence of preventive programs and that therapy is properly provided in facilities.
The APA noted that some aged care facilities that advertise a comprehensive physiotherapy service do not employ sufficient physiotherapists to provide this service.
The Society argued that psychologists have little current role in aged care despite the effectiveness of psychological interventions in these situations. The Accreditation Standards require that residents' 'oral and dental health is maintained' Standard 2. The Aged Care Lobby Group noted that 'oral care is often lacking and as a follow-on These include selection of management options, prescribing decisions, administration and use of pharmaceuticals and the lack of ongoing review and follow-up of residents.
The Australian Pharmaceutical Advisory Council's Guidelines for Medication Management in Residential Aged Care Facilities provide guidelines about improving the quality use of medicines in aged care facilities.
It was suggested that, while the facilities pick up on those guidelines as part of the accreditation process, 'there are very major gaps The Australian Society for Geriatric Medicine noted that: The problem of polypharmacy and drug use is a very serious and significant one in residential care facilities, and in part it comes from the ignorance and skill mix of those who provide care.
The answer to behavioural problems in patients with dementia, for example, is not to give them antipsychotic medications but to put in pace appropriate behavioural and environmental strategies. The Centre for Research into Aged Care Services conducted a study into a comparison of two types of medication administration systems, particularly in terms of the time and resources involved in the two systems.
One was the traditional dosette box and the other was the computerised sachet. The study found that with the computerised delivery system 'there were fewer errors, there was more confidence with the people dispensing the medications and they were able to move away from the big trolley and all that stuff that takes up time'.
Poor nutrition can lead to a range of health problems. The Accreditation Standards merely require that residents receive 'adequate nourishment and hydration' Standard 2. Most people never see fresh fruit in a nursing home unless it is brought by relatives. For elderly people, and for us all, food is a celebration and we hang our day on what we are going to have That is one of the real pleasures that most aged care facilities do not provide.
This supplement to be funded by the Commonwealth — and be similar to other supplements under the Aged Care Act — would provide a dedicated funding allocation towards transport support for people living in aged care facilities.
Fronditha Care noted that: The current regulatory framework Currently the number of elderly from CALD backgrounds is 20 per cent of the population aged 65 years and over. This is projected to increase to 23 percent, or almost a quarter of the aged population 65 years and over, by One witness cited the example of elderly Greek-speaking women in their mids who speak very little English: They are in a mainstream nursing home for 24 hours a day, days of the year If you do not have the language and if you do not share a common sense of history, values, music or food The decision to engage a translator rests with the local State manager and will be based on information collected regarding the dominant cultures and languages used in the service.
It may also be appropriate to discuss the need for a translator with the provider at the service. The Agency noted that 'it is not practical' for it to provide a translator for every cultural group or language group in a particular service. Cultural diversity needs to be effectively addressed across all the Standards, as all are relevant in meeting the full range of individual care and health needs of CALD residents. Specific expected outcomes need to be introduced relating to the language and communication needs of CALD residents.
Agency auditors should be trained in cultural competency in aged care service provision.
The Agency should develop and utilise standard cultural competence assessment tools. Cultural factors, language and ethnicity is included in the attributes identified for quality assessor registers. The Agency also maintains its own list of staff who speak a language other than English. Some witnesses called for the construction of more Indigenous-specific aged care facilities in areas of large Aboriginal populations or the construction of specific wings in local nursing homes in other areas.
There are only two Indigenous-specific residential care facilities in NSW. One witness noted that: We have a lot of people out west [of NSW] who want — who need — to go into residential care and just cannot access to it, because it means leaving their homes, their regions and their families.
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Aboriginal communities and Aboriginal people do not particularly want residential care anyway, but when we get to the point where we need it, we would like to be able to have something that is culturally appropriate, that is close by and that has Aboriginal workers providing that care. Aboriginal staff actually address a lot more issues than just carrying out their required duties — it entails the emotional care of our elders, which no non-Aboriginal person with any amount of cultural awareness can address.
There are also our historical conversations, if you like — some of our elders with dementia go back to things that happened in the past. Aboriginal people are much more empathetic Conclusion — how effective are the Accreditation Standards? The Committee believes that the Accreditation Standards are too generalised to effectively measure care outcomes.
The wording of the Standards necessarily lead to varying levels of service being provided in homes because the Standards are open to widely different interpretations by proprietors and assessors. The Committee believes that the Accreditation Standards need to be defined more precisely so that standards of care in aged facilities can be delivered — and measured — in a consistent manner across all aged care facilities.
All aged care services are required to establish an internal complaints system. DoHA also funds aged care advocacy services in each State. These services provide independent advocacy and information to residents of aged care services and family members.
Complaints Resolution Scheme 3. The Scheme is based on alternative dispute resolution principles and provides an opportunity to both parties to address a grievance in a way that enhances or rebuilds the relationship between the provider, the care recipient and their family.
The Scheme, which is free, offers a means of making a complaint, independent from a residential facility. Complaints can be made verbally or in writing and can be dealt with in an open, confidential or anonymous basis. A national toll free number is available to ensure people have access to the scheme. The Commissioner for Complaints has a statutory requirement to oversight the effectiveness of the Scheme. The Commissioner also deals with complaints about the operation of the Scheme; manages the determination process; and promotes an understanding of the Scheme.
The Aged Care Lobby Group noted that 'some homes have very good internal complaints mechanisms which make it unnecessary to go to the complaints resolution unit'. This represents a 21 per cent reduction in the number of complaints over The Commissioner for Complaints argued that the principal reasons for the decline were the increased use of internal complaint mechanisms and ongoing refinement in the practices adopted by the Scheme. Relatives lodged the majority of complaints 67 per cent.
Nine per cent of complaints were lodged by staff, while care recipients lodged eight per cent of complaints. Some complaints 13 percent of all complaints were not accepted by the Scheme.
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Department of Agriculture, funding agencies, and the Animal Welfare Act, a federal statute. This volume lays out best practices and benchmarks based on science and knowledge developed from past accreditation efforts. Until recently, the National Institutes of Health NIH office that had oversight over protection of humans involved in research also had responsibility for compliance with animal care regulations, so this model is familiar to both the federal officials and research centers.
The analogy is not direct in one area, however, in that in research involving humans, participants can have a direct voice and those with direct experience as participants or those familiar with the concerns of human participants in research can be directly engaged in oversight of the research. The draft standards that the committee has seen to date do not fully take advantage of this possibility see discussions in Chapter 1 and Chapter 3.
On the basis of the standards shared with the committee, it appears that the framework proposed by NCQA under its contract with the U. Department of Veterans Affairs VAat least initially, is to use accreditation as a tool to implement existing regulations better, adopting this aspect of the AAALAC model in effect, using current regulations as standards and using accreditation to bring VA facilities into compliance with them.
The committee believes that this is a good way in which to get an accreditation program under way. It might also serve to supplement a regulatory program that is overburdened. Its main value is to move those being accredited into compliance with existing regulations. This strategy will improve research oversight only if noncompliance is one of the system's major problems.
The same model could, however, also be used to augment regulatory standards if some accreditation standards exceed the regulatory minimum. In the early s, the quality and content of medical education were wildly variable.
The American Medical Association AMA appointed individuals from esteemed medical schools to the Council on Medical Education, and these individuals began to grade medical schools.
Since then accreditation programs have been used to enhance quality in many different contexts. The improvement of care for laboratory animals involved in research has been widely attributed to the joint action of federal law, particularly the Animal Welfare Act ofand the private accreditation system through AAALAC. Private accreditation has become pervasive in higher education and professional schools, hospitals and health care facilities, and managed care organizations.
More recently, a long-standing and rigid regulatory framework for opioid treatment programs has begun to shift to a more flexible, clinically oriented accreditation process, even though it is still formally under federal regulation. The models described above have in common several elements that are expected to be part of emerging programs for accreditation of HRPPPs: The central focus of this report and the following chapter is accreditation standards, the benchmarks by which accreditation programs measure achievement.
Standards are only part of a process, however. This chapter describes the accreditation process for which standards are a tool. Page 49 Share Cite Suggested Citation: Independence, credibility, and intimate familiarity with stakeholders' needs are desirable attributes of any accrediting body Hamm,and particularly so for human participant protections.
This grew out of discussions about the development of an accreditation process for HRPPPs see Chapter 1the organizational units responsible for carrying out the twin functions described by the National Bioethics Advisory Commission NBAC of ensuring informed consent and independently assessing risks and benefits. AAHRPP is designed to bring together diverse stakeholder organizations with the intent of implementing a voluntary accreditation process.
That report identified three specific weaknesses: In addition, NCQA plans to convene two advisory groups and one decision-making group to help develop and implement standards and survey methods for the program.
Page 51 Share Cite Suggested Citation: Because the VA hospital system is relatively closed, the applicant pool is clear. It is clear that academic or independent research centers that have an operating IRB would be eligible. The stated intention is to also invite applications from private independent IRBs. It is not clear whether larger consortia of institutions that are organized as a collaborative unit would be eligible, such as cooperative clinical trials groups, 3 the Multi-Center Academic Clinical Research Organization, 4 independent contract research organizations, or site management organizations.
Self-Evaluation Applying for accreditation requires considerable preparation. This typically involves the organization that is seeking accreditation to gather information relevant to the standards that will be used and to analyze how well prepared it is to address questions and concerns that may arise. This preparation can consume enormous efforts of a few staff members and draws on the resources of many parts of the organization. The mere process of self-study can reveal previously unknown weaknesses or sometimes strengths and can suggest administrative remedies.
It can also draw the attention of senior administrators to the need for more resources, new programs, or management changes and can reveal the strengths and weaknesses of key personnel.
Many organizations involved in accreditation processes regard the self-study as the most valuable element of the accreditation process precisely because it focuses the attention of senior administrators.
The process of self-evaluation of HRPPPs appears to be especially promising as a way to improve the system. For more information see http: Page 52 Share Cite Suggested Citation: A shift from documentation-based standards to performance-based standards could not take place quickly, but it may well become possible over time see Recommendations 6 and 7.
The accreditors visiting sites would review the self-evaluation; view documentation; and carry out interviews of IRB staff and members, administrators, investigators, and if the recommendations of this IOM committee are adopted participants.
The site visit is intended to give accreditors a hands-on feel for the organization and to raise questions when they can be answered directly and immediately. The accreditors would then prepare a formal written report and make their decision to accredit the applicant, give it a probationary status, or reject the application.
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Launching the accreditation process is likely to encounter some capacity limits for external evaluation. The committee concurs that site visits will be necessary initially, which will limit the number of institutions that can be accredited. This is one reason that the committee believes that the accreditation process should be regarded as a pilot study rather than a fait accompli see Recommendation 1 below. This pool is limited, however, and it would be unrealistic to expect a new accreditation organization to manage more than one or two site visits per week, on average, during its first year.
It would take even longer to accredit the institutions surveyed in in the most recent and extensive survey of IRB operations Bell et al. Most institutions have more than one IRB, so the number of IRBs registered is much larger than the number of potential applicant institutions. Page 53 Share Cite Suggested Citation: Repeat Accreditation Accreditation is not permanent.
The models of accreditation reviewed by the Lewin Group in involved accreditation terms of 3 to 5 years. The NCQA program plans a 3-year accreditation cycle. The process for reapplication might or might not differ from that for initial accreditation.
It is likely that accredited organizations with few untoward events would face a more abbreviated process, but this is likely to be decided in light of experience. Accreditation of HRPPPs should be pursued as one promising approach to improving the human participant protection system. The first step is implementation of pilot programs to test standards, establish accreditation processes, and build confidence in accreditation organizations. This effort should be evaluated for its impact on protecting the rights and interests of participants in 3 to 5 years.
Accreditation as a mark of excellence—of achievement well beyond regulatory compliance—might offer an HRPPP a competitive advantage over nonaccredited competitors in seeking support from sponsors or access to participants, researchers, or students. That is, NIH or other funding review committees might look more favorably on research proposals from accredited institutions than on those from nonaccredited ones, those recruiting participants might advertise accreditation as a hallmark of quality and safety, or private drug and device firms might preferentially site clinical trials that they sponsor at accredited research institutions or have them reviewed by accredited IRBs.
Page 54 Share Cite Suggested Citation: The process of preparing for accreditation would force institutions to attend to their HRPPPs, and that attention would necessarily entail education about the importance of protection of human participants in research. It might offer HRPPPs located within research institutions, both public and private, a potent argument when asking their administrative supervisors for additional resources. This is a major role played by accreditation of academic units within a university and is used as a tool to effect changes in, for example, library services, curricula, and services.
Accreditation could not serve these ends, however, until it became widely accepted as a mark of excellence. Any accreditation program seeking to establish its value on the basis of these terms would first need to achieve broad recognition as a credible program. All previous accreditation programs faced a similar dilemma when they were initiated, and some have succeeded in attaining credibility, but others have not.
Both OHRP and FDA have signaled that they might consider accreditation by a nongovernmental accreditation organization presumptive evidence of compliance with regulations. In the case of research institutions under OHRP oversight, accreditation could serve as a partial substitute for the assurance and compliance functions, reducing FDA and OHRP scrutiny of accredited organizations allowing them to concentrate their scrutiny on nonaccredited organizations.
However, before the usefulness of this approach can be assessed in the case of HRPPP accreditation, an accreditation program s will need to be much further along in its development.
The regulatory enforcement model is also worth considering, particularly as a starting point. It might be wise to start, as NCQA apparently proposes to do under its contract with the VA, with a focus on innovative or more effective means of evaluating regulatory compliance before moving on to a program that raises standards above the regulatory minimum.