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Sept. 5, 2006

UI Visitor To Speak On Nursing Home Quality Of Life Sept. 11

A leading expert on quality of life in long-term care facilities will visit the University of Iowa Sept. 11 and 12 to meet with students and faculty and give a free, public lecture. Rosalie Kane, a professor of health services research and policy in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota, will speak on "What is 'Quality of Life' in Nursing Homes, and How do we Measure it?" at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11, in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn St.

Kane's research is devoted to aspects of long-term care services, organization, policies and financing. Her focus encompasses a range of settings, including nursing homes, assisted living, and home care, and also concerns topics such as home care, case management, assessment, quality assurance, and regulation, value conflicts in long-term care, ethical dilemmas arising in long-term care, and the tensions between safety and protection versus freedom for those using long-term care services.

She serves on many national task forces and committees, is a prolific author of journal articles, books, and reports, and is past editor-in-chief of both The Gerontologist and Health and Social Work. She directs a national study on Measurement, Indicators, and Improvement of Quality of Life in Nursing Homes and a national study on service patterns in assisted living. In 1998, she received a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research.

In addition to her appointment in public health, Kane is also a faculty member in the University of Minnesota's Center for Biomedical Ethics, School of Social Work, and the Center on Aging. Previously she was a social scientist at The Rand Corporation in Santa Monica, California and a faculty member at the University of California at Los Angeles and the University of Utah.

A guest of the UI School of Social Work in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Kane will also spend time with students and faculty from the Aging Studies Program, Center on Aging, College of Nursing, College of Public Health, and UI Hospitals and Clinics Social Work Department during her campus visit. Kane's visit has been organized by Mercedes Bern-Klug, assistant professor of social work, with grant funds from the John A. Hartford Foundation.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Bern-Klug in advance at 319-335-1265.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011, or Lesly Huffman, 319-384-0077,; Program: Mercedes Bern-Klug, 319-335-1265,