Table 1

Data sources and measures
Variable / Instrument Source of data Data type Purpose Unit of analysis Collection phase
Individual Level Data
Semi Structured Interviews (Resident/family), and focus groups (providers) Resident/family, healthcare providers, managers/ administrators in NH, EMS, ED Qualitative Identify perspectives on transitions and key indicators for initial development of OPTICS Settings, residents, healthcare provider groups Phase 1
Transition Tracking Tool (T3) NH, EMS, ED Mixed case specific Obtain case-related data to track processes and events in transition Individual Phase 2
Reason for transfer, timing, communication, results of transfer, disposition, priority, CTAS, etc.
Perceptions of the transition process Health care providers (nurses, paramedics) Brief Survey To obtain perspectives on need for the transition and quality of information sharing Individual Phase 2
Older Persons Transitions in Care Success (OPTICS) Residents and their Family Caregivers Mixed Evaluate care transitions Individual Phase 2
Facility Level Data
MDS-RAI 2.0 RUGS & CHESS BC: Interior Health Region Administrative To adjust for case mix by NH Facility Phase 2
AB: Individual Nursing Homes
Demographic Profile Form Facility and setting Managers in NH, EMS, ED Semi Structured Interviews / Surveys Constructing independent variable Facility Phase 2
OPTIC Survey Data Health Care Aides in nursing homes CAPI (computer assisted personal interviews) To obtain a measure of context, and workforce characteristics such as job satisfaction, burnout etc. Aggregated scores at Unit level Phase 2
(Organizational context, burnout, job satisfaction, etc.)

Cummings et al.

Cummings et al. BMC Geriatrics 2012 12:75   doi:10.1186/1471-2318-12-75

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