Transitions of Care in the Long-Term Care Continuum: Practice Guideline

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Transitions of Care in the Long-Term Care Continuum: Practice Guideline

This clinical practice guideline (CPG) has been developed under a project conducted by the American Medical Directors Association (AMDA), the national professional organization representing medical directors, attending physicians, and other practitioners who care for patients in the long-term care setting. This is one of a number of guidelines undertaken as part of the association’s mission to improve the quality of care delivered to patients in these settings. Original guidelines are developed by interdisciplinary workgroups, using a process that combines evidence and consensus-based approaches. Workgroups include practitioners and others involved in patient care in long-term care facilities. Beginning with a general guideline developed by an agency, association, or organization such as the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), pertinent articles and information, and a draft outline, each group works to make a concise, usable guideline that is tailored to the long-term care setting. Because scientific research in the long-term care population is limited, many recommendations are based on the expert opinion of practitioners in the field. A bibliography is provided for individuals who desire more detailed information. Guideline revisions are completed under the direction of the Clinical Practice Guideline Steering Committee. The committee incorporates information published in peer-reviewed journals after the original guidelines appeared as well as comments and recommendations not only from experts in the field addressed by the guideline but also from “hands-on” long-term care practitioners and staff.

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