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Knowledge Matters

The Hillman Foundation is always pursuing new research, reports and tools that can help nurses and other health-care professionals initiate change. Here we share some of the resources that currently inform our thinking. We hope they will inspire you.



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Reports & Tools

  • Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education, and Research

    Released in 2011, this proposes a “cultural transformation” in the way health care providers and the public view pain and its treatment. The report recommends that government agencies such as the National Center for Health Statistics accelerate the collection of data on pain incidence, prevalence, and treatments to increase public awareness and also calls for the inclusion of pain education in the curricula of health professions education.

  • The Future of Nursing (IOM)

    Developed by the Institute of Medicine in 2010, this is a thorough examination of the nursing workforce. The recommendations offered in the report focus on the critical intersection between the health needs of diverse, changing patient populations across the lifespan and the actions of the nursing workforce.

  • Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce (IOM)

    In an effort to ensure that the health care workforce is prepared to meet the growing needs of the aging population, this 2008 publication proposes a variety of initiatives designed to develop new and more effective models of health care delivery. The report explores ways in which to improve the training of health care providers as well as prepare family members and other informal caregivers to care for their loved ones and friends.

  • Improving the Quality of Care in Nursing Homes

    This report takes a close look at the current system of nursing home regulations, and proposes a variety of ways to better provide for those living in these facilities. It provides information, in-depth studies, and discussions useful to nursing home administrators and professionals involved in caring for the elderly.

  • Improving the Quality of Long-Term Care (IOM)

    This study explores the strengths, limitations and overall quality of care and quality of life in long-term care facilities such as nursing homes and home health agencies. The recommendations offered focus on investigating new quality measurements, improving staffing and strengthening state and federal survey and sanction efforts.

  • Health Professions Education: A Bridge to Quality

    This report looks to establish an approach to nursing and other health professions education that better prepares clinicians to meet the needs of patients as well as the increasing demands of a changing health care system. It calls for a mix of approaches to health education improvement, including those related to oversight processes, the training environment, research, public reporting, and leadership.



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