Reporting quality of nursing home care by an internet report card

Noemi C. Van Nie*, Louk J. M. Hollands, Jan P. H. Hamers

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Objective: This study was designed to test an internet report card containing information about quality indicators (e.g., pressure ulcers, falls) as well as assessments of consumer satisfaction and of quality of care by the Netherlands Health Care Inspectorate in nursing homes. Methods: Employing a laboratory-type experimental design, 278 current and future consumers and representatives of nursing homes were asked to make quality assessments based on report cards of imaginary nursing homes. They were also asked their opinions of the report cards. Results: The participants were positive about the internet report card and considered it satisfactory. However, they did make some suggestions for improvement, such as using more understandable terminology. It also became evident that the information on the card must be complete; the omission of information resulted in more negative views of the nursing home. Conclusion: The results show that an internet report card call be a useful tool that enables consumers to assess the quality of nursing home care. Further research is needed to examine whether the report card will actually be used by consumers to make decisions regarding nursing home care. Practice implications: The internet report card is a practical tool that can empower consumers, as it facilitates comparisons between nursing homes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)337-343
JournalPatient Education and Counseling
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2010


  • Quality of care
  • Nursing homes
  • Internet
  • Report card
  • Information for care consumers

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