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Care and Construction Project

(Project funded from April 2011- March 2015)

Prompted by changes in Nova Scotia’s long-term care sector, a team of researchers and sector representatives came together to develop a research project to assess how differences in model of care impact nursing home resident quality of life (QOL). With funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation (NSHRF), the Care and Construction project was launched in 2011. This project used a mixed-methods approach to gather data from nursing home residents, family, and staff using surveys, interviews, focus groups, participant observation, and activity monitoring.

Funding for the project has ended but team members are available for presentations and continue to work on publications. Check back for updates or contact for more information.


Key Project Outputs


Manuscript providing an analysis of the policy reform: "household" model of care in new and replacement government funded nursing homes in Nova Scotia. Go to Results and Dissemination for citation. 

Manuscript examining resident quality of life through longitudinal case study approach. Go to Results and Dissemination for citation.

Manuscript examining the handling of missing Mini-Mental State Examination values. Go to Results and Dissemination for citation.

Manuscript examining measurement equivalency of inter-RAI Nursing Home Resident Quality of Life instrument across these perspectives. Go to Results and Dissemination for citation.

A brochure series released in March 2015. These brochures focus on each of the key messages from the project: Relationships Matter, Home-likeness Matters, and Working Environment Matters.

The final report of results from the surveys and the case studies was released in March 2015. See the full report here.

To view the Case Study Findings, click here. To view the Survey Findings, click here.

See the video presentation of results here.

Project results were published in the December 2014 issue of the Ontario Long-term Care Association’s quarterly magazine, Long-term Care.


The project was funded from 2011-2015 through a Partnerships for Health System Improvement grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, in partnership with the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation.