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VNSNY Research Study Shows Benefits of Skilled Home Health Care for COVID-19 Patients

Study Title: Surviving COVID-19 After Hospital Discharge: Symptoms, Functional and Adverse Outcomes of Home Health Recipients
Published in the Annals of Internal Medicine – November 23, 2020

The VNSNY Center for Home Care Policy & Research has published a new research study about the recovery of Covid-19 patients in home health care, which included 1409 home health care recipients, received from 64 hospitals, and cared for by the Visiting Nurse Service of New York.

The study shows statistically significant improvements in clinical and functional status for COVID-19 patients who received skilled home health care services following discharge from the hospital. Given that only 11% of COVID-19 survivors nationwide were discharged from hospital settings with skilled home health services (CMS, June 2020), the study further suggests that home health care may be underutilized in the recovery of hospitalized COVID-19 patients—and could be a safe haven as the pandemic continues to surge.

The full study can be found here in the Annals of Internal Medicine – Surviving COVID-19 After Hospital Discharge: Symptoms, Functional and Adverse Outcomes of Home Health Recipients

Active Projects & Performance Summaries 

2020 – Active Projects at the Research Center

2020 – Synopsis of Center’s Performance

2019 – Synopsis of Center’s Performance

Recently awarded federally-funded grants

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An Overview: The Center’s research interests and activities

The research we do at the Center for Home Care Policy & Research falls into the three subject areas described below. Links are provided to descriptions of current and past projects falling into these categories.

Improving the quality, cost-effectiveness, and outcomes of home care services

These projects aim to measure and improve home care quality and outcomes through initiatives and studies on: evidence-based practice; patient outcomes; the home healthcare workforce and work environment; the relationship between formal and informal caregiving; and appropriate quality indicator measures for home care.

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Analyzing and informing public policies that affect home-based care

The goal of these projects is to foster equitable and cost-effective policies for home- and community-based care by analyzing, understanding, and disseminating information on post-acute and long-term care policies and how they influence access to and the use, costs, and outcomes of care.

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Supporting communities that promote successful aging in place

In this area, the goal is to help communities collect, interpret, and use consumer-derived and other types of data to inform planning and action in the following areas: increasing awareness about and prioritizing aging issues; designing and implementing plans to support the health, well-being, and independence of all older residents; and allocating community resources more effectively.

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Past Research Projects

To view a comprehensive list of past projects completed by the Center for Home Care Policy & Research, click here.

You can also learn more about the Center by visiting our Research Center History page.

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