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Long-Term Care Facilities (LTCF)


The interRAI Long-Term Care Facilities Assessment System (interRAI LTCF) enables comprehensive, standardized evaluation of the needs, strengths, and preferences of persons receiving short-term post-acute care in skilled nursing facilities as well as persons living in chronic care and nursing home institutional settings.


The current interRAI LTCF assessment has deep roots. The 1987 U.S. Nursing Home Reform Act mandated the development of a standardized “minimum data set,” or MDS. The Health Care Financing Administration (now Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) contracted with a consortium of researchers from Research Triangle Institute, Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for the Aged, Brown University, and the University of Michigan to develop the MDS. Many of these researchers later became founders of interRAI. The MDS was originally implemented in approximately 17,000 U.S. nursing homes in 1990–91, was revised (Version 2.0) in 1994–95, and was implemented in all U.S. nursing homes in 1996. The MDS 3.0 is not an interRAI product, although interRAI still holds the copyright outside the U.S. for many assessment items in that instrument.


The interRAI LTCF (or previous versions) is currently used in Canada, Europe (Belgium, England, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland), Asia (Hong Kong, Korea, and Japan), and Pacific Rim (Australia, New Zealand).


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See our list of Long-Term Care Facilities publications (plus localizations and translations) in our Catalog.


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