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What food and nutrition services should be regulated in assisted-living facilities for older adults?
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PMID:  19465187     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The opinions of both national aging and health experts and practicing registered dietitians (RDs) were surveyed on which key quality indicators from the Food And Nutrition Care Indicators checklist should be regulated in assisted-living facilities (ALFs) for older adults. The extent to which the practices on which the indicators were based should be regulated, and which were in fact included in the current regulations of the 50 states was also studied. One hundred fifty-three national aging and health experts were surveyed in 2005 and 882 practicing RDs who were members of two American Dietetic Association dietetic practice groups employed in ALFs were surveyed in 2006. Both the experts and the RDs believed that the need for regulations in ALF food and nutrition services was vital for about a third of the indicators, (eg, 18 items on the 57 item checklist), particularly those involving facilities and staffing. For seven out of the 18 indicators, there was substantial consensus between experts and RDs. Only three of the seven indicators were addressed by regulations in more than half of the states. Consensus exists among experts and RDs that a small but significant number of food and nutrition service indicators need to be regulated.
Shirley Y Chao; Johanna T Dwyer; Robert F Houser; Sharon Tennstedt; Paul Jacques
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the American Dietetic Association     Volume:  109     ISSN:  1878-3570     ISO Abbreviation:  J Am Diet Assoc     Publication Date:  2009 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-05-25     Completed Date:  2009-06-09     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7503061     Medline TA:  J Am Diet Assoc     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1048-57     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs, One Ashburton Pl, 5th Fl, Boston, MA 02108, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Assisted Living Facilities / legislation & jurisprudence*,  standards
Facility Regulation and Control* / legislation & jurisprudence
Food Services / legislation & jurisprudence*,  standards
Government Regulation*
United States

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