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Indicator Metadata

NamePercentage of Residents Whose Behavioural Symptoms Improved
Short/Other Names

BEHI4

DescriptionPercentage of residents whose behavioural symptoms improved
InterpretationA high number indicates a higher percentage of residents whose behavioural symptoms improved; thus a higher percentage is desirable.
HSP Framework Dimension

Health System Outputs: Appropriate and effective

Areas of Need

Living With Illness, Disability or Reduced Function

Geographic Coverage

Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon

Reporting Level/Disaggregation

Province/Territory, Region, Facility, Corporation, Sector (residential and hospital-based continuing care)

Indicator Results

https://www.cihi.ca/sites/default/files/document/ccrs_quick_stats_2015-2016_en-web.xlsx

Identifying Information
NamePercentage of Residents Whose Behavioural Symptoms Improved
Short/Other Names

BEHI4

Indicator Description and Calculation
DescriptionPercentage of residents whose behavioural symptoms improved
Calculation: Description

Residents with fewer behavioural symptoms on their target assessment than on their prior assessment

Unit of Analysis: Resident

Calculation: Geographic Assignment

Place of service

Calculation: Type of Measurement

Percentage or proportion

Calculation: Adjustment Applied

The following covariates are used in risk adjustment:
Individual Covariates

–Moderate/impaired decision-making problem

–Motor agitation

–Age younger than 65

Facility-Level Stratification

–Cognitive Performance Scale (CPS)

Calculation: Method of Adjustment

Stratification, direct standardization, indirect standardization
Standard Population:
3,000 facilities in 6 U.S. states and 92 residential care facilities and continuing care hospitals in Ontario and Nova Scotia

Denominator

Description:
Residents with valid assessments
Inclusions:
1. Residents with valid assessments. To be considered valid, the target assessment must

a. Be the latest assessment in the quarter

b. Be carried out more than 92 days after the Admission Date

c. Not be an Admission Full Assessment

As this is an incidence indicator, the resident must also have had an assessment in the previous quarter, with 45 to 165 days between the target and prior assessments. If multiple assessments in the previous quarter meet the time period criteria, the latest assessment is selected as the prior assessment.
Exclusions:
1. Residents who are comatose (B1 = 1)

Numerator

Description:
Residents with fewer behavioural symptoms on their target assessment than on their prior assessment
Inclusions:
Variables include

–Wandering (E4aA)

–Verbally Abusive (E4bA)

–Physically Abusive (E4cA)

–Socially Inappropriate (E4dA)

Inclusions

1. Residents with valid assessments. To be considered valid, the target assessment must

a. Be the latest assessment in the quarter

b. Be carried out more than 92 days after the Admission Date

c. Not be an Admission Full Assessment

As this is an incidence indicator, the resident must also have had an assessment in the previous quarter, with 45 to 165 days between the target and prior assessments. If multiple assessments in the previous quarter meet the time period criteria, the latest assessment is selected as the prior assessment.
Exclusions:
1. Residents who are comatose (B1 = 1)

Background, Interpretation and Benchmarks
Rationale

CCRS quality indicators were developed by interRAI (www.interrai.org), an international research network, to provide organizations with measures of quality across key domains, including physical and cognitive function, safety and quality of life. Each indicator is adjusted for resident characteristics that are related to the outcome and independent of quality of care. The indicators can be used by quality leaders to drive continuous improvement efforts. They are also used to communicate with key stakeholders through report cards and accountability agreements.

Interpretation

A high number indicates a higher percentage of residents whose behavioural symptoms improved; thus a higher percentage is desirable.

HSP Framework Dimension

Health System Outputs: Appropriate and effective

Areas of Need

Living With Illness, Disability or Reduced Function

Targets/Benchmarks

None

References

Canadian Institute for Health Information. CCRS Quality Indictors Risk Adjustment Methodology. Ottawa, ON: CIHI; 2013.

Canadian Institute for Health Information. When a Nursing Home Is Home: How Do Canadian Nursing Homes Measure Up on Quality? Ottawa, ON: CIHI; 2013.

Health Quality Ontario. Long Term Care Benchmarking Resource Guide. Toronto, ON: HQO; 2013.

Health Quality Ontario. Health Quality Ontario Indicator Library. Accessed October 4, 2016.

Hirdes JP, Mitchell L, Maxwell CJ, White N. Beyond the 'iron lungs of gerontology': using evidence to shape the future of nursing homes in Canada. Can J Aging. 2011;30(3):371-390. PM:21851753.

Hirdes JP, Poss JW, Caldarelli H, et al. An evaluation of data quality in Canada's Continuing Care Reporting System (CCRS): secondary analyses of Ontario data submitted between 1996 and 2011. BMC Med Inform Decis Mak. 2013;13:27. PM:23442258.

Jones RN, Hirdes JP, Poss JW, et al. Adjustment of nursing home quality indicators. BMC Health Serv Res. 2010;10:96. PM:20398304.

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Availability of Data Sources and Results
Data Sources

CCRS

Available Data Years

Type of Year:
Fiscal
First Available Year:
2003
Last Available Year:
2015

Geographic Coverage

Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon

Reporting Level/Disaggregation

Province/Territory, Region, Facility, Corporation, Sector (residential and hospital-based continuing care)

Result Updates
Update Frequency

Every year

Indicator Results

Web Tool:
Quick Stats
URL: https://www.cihi.ca/sites/default/files/document/ccrs_quick_stats_2015-2016_en-web.xlsx

Updates

Not applicable

Quality Statement
Caveats and Limitations

The Continuing Care Reporting System (CCRS) frame does not currently contain all facilities in all provinces and territories that make up the CCRS population of interest. Users should be cautious when interpreting results from CCRS, as the population covered by CCRS may not be representative of all continuing care facilities across Canada.

Coverage is incomplete in the following jurisdictions:

– Manitoba (includes all facilities in Winnipeg Regional Health Authority only)
– New Brunswick
– Nova Scotia

Indicators are risk-adjusted to control for potential confounding factors.

Trending Issues

Since 2003, the number of facilities and jurisdictions submitting to CCRS has been increasing. With the addition of new jurisdictions, it is possible that differences in care practices may affect indicator rates; however, changes to the underlying population would be controlled for using risk adjustment. There is also evidence to suggest that trending and use of data from the entire time series is not an issue and that data quality is consistent over time (Hirdes et al., 2013).

Comments

The CCRS quality indicators use four rolling quarters of data for calculations in order to have a sufficient number of assessments for risk adjustment. Since residents are assessed on a quarterly basis, each resident can contribute to the indicator up to four times.

Although the CCRS quality indicators are reported publicly at the provincial/territorial level only, indicator results are available at other levels (facility, corporation, region) to data submitters in the CCRS eReports application. Data in CCRS eReports is updated on a quarterly basis.