Program on Disability Research and Community-Based Care

Director: Darcy McMaughan, Ph.D.
Organizational Location: SPH, HPM
Phone: 979-436-9451

The aging of America, combined with increased longevity for persons with disabilities, and the morbidity associated with each has contributed to a growing demand for a wide range of long-term care (LTC) services. These trends have been coupled with escalating costs and concerns about quality, increasing the need for policy-relevant research. With an emphasis on aging and long-term care policy, this program provides a coordinated focus for both policy-relevant research and evaluations of promising new practices and clinical interventions in long term care.

The program conducts applied research in LTC; helps train health services researchers about substantive LTC policy issues and methods that can be used in applied and policy-relevant research; and supports the efforts of SPH, students, and other components who do research on LTC. Research topics include quality assurance and improvement in LTC, preventing elder abuse and neglect, strengthening payment and regulatory systems, assistance to providers in implementing and sustaining quality improvement initiatives, strengthening consumer advocacy efforts and using principles of geriatric assessment to improve LTC services.