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Book and Media Reviews
May 10, 2006

Nursing Homes

Author Affiliations

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2006;295(18):2187-2192. doi:10.1001/jama.295.18.2188

There are at least two certainties in addition to taxes and death: no one wants to be a nursing home patient, and few people want to work in a nursing home. Yet 40% of those who turn 65 years will spend at least some time as nursing home patients, and 250 000 more nursing aides are needed to provide their care. These certainties arise from a multitude of problems with our present system of nursing home care, which have been, are, and will continue to be addressed (with a variable degree of success) through regulatory channels and practice innovation.