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Medical News & Perspectives
September 23/30, 1998

Unacceptable Nursing Home Deaths Unautopsied

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JAMA. 1998;280(12):1038-1039. doi:10.1001/jama.280.12.1038-JMN0923-3-1

RECENT INITIATIVES and investigations coming out of Washington, DC, call for improving conditions in nursing homes, but some physicians said regulators are ignoring a valuable component that could help save lives.

A US General Accounting Office (GAO) report, California Nursing Homes: Care Problems Persist Despite Federal and State Oversight, presents the results of an investigation of 62 cases involving the death of a nursing home resident in 1993. The retrospective study found that 34 of them received care that was unacceptable. The report also said that about 30% of California's 1400 nursing homes have been cited for serious violations under federal and state guidelines.

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