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March 8, 2010

Changing the Culture of Nursing Homes: The Physician's Role

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Department of Veterans Affairs, Sierra Pacific Network, Vallejo, California, and Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics, University of California, San Francisco.

Arch Intern Med. 2010;170(5):407-409. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2009.550

Nationally, 1.5 million persons live in nursing homes,1 many under conditions that we would not want for ourselves or for those we love. William Thomas, MD (developer of the Eden Alternative), articulated 3 common conditions that afflict nursing home residents: boredom, loneliness, and helplessness. Fortunately, there is a growing movement to change the culture of nursing homes so that they are more resident centered.

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