New App Lets Users Search Nursing Home Deficiencies by Keyword

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A new consumer-targeted Internet tool allows users to search the federal nursing home inspection reports and deficiencies by keyword, city and facility name. The Nursing Home Inspect database covers nearly 118,000 deficiencies at 14,565 homes. Users can now search the database by keywords such as “elopement” or “pressure sore” or “mistreat.” In an effort to prevent users from misinterpreting data, ProPublica, the designer of the database, cautions users that the database contains information focused on facilities’ problems, rather than their accomplishments or improvements.

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