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Care and Construction Project


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 will continue to be releasing reports and publications. Check back frequently to see the latest releases.


What’s the Latest News?


Manuscript published examining measurement equivalency of inter RAI Nursing Home Resident Quality of Life instrument across these perspectives. Click here to view the manuscript.

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.



Upcoming Events


Dr. Janice Keefe to share results as part of keynote address at Excellence in Aging Care Symposium, September 2015, Fredericton. N.B.




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.