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INTERACT in VA Community Living Centers (CLCs): Training and Implementation Strategies.
Mochel AL, Henry ND, Saliba D, Phibbs CS, Ouslander JG, Mor V. INTERACT in VA Community Living Centers (CLCs): Training and Implementation Strategies. Geriatric nursing (New York, N.Y.). 2018 Mar 1; 39(2):212-218.
Studies have shown that hospitalizations of nursing home (NH) residents lead to complications and poorer quality of life. The Interventions to Reduce Acute Care Transfers (INTERACT) Quality Improvement (QI) Program assists licensed NH staff in avoiding such hospitalizations. INTERACT aims to improve the management of acute changes in residents' conditions by providing tools to help staff recognize subtle changes in condition, improve communication, and implement QI strategies. INTERACT has been vetted by national clinical leaders and experts in long term care (LTC). Multiple NHs have implemented INTERACT and it has been adopted in Canada, the United Kingdom, and Singapore. QI initiatives involve adaptation to the organizational context in which it is being implemented. We report adaptation of the INTERACT QI program and implementation training into Veteran Affairs (VA) Community Living Centers (CLCs) (VA equivalent NH) and summarize the efforts to introduce and train nursing leadership to integrate the intervention into selected CLCs.