An International Definition for "Nursing Home"

Angela M. Sanford, Martin Orrell, Debbie Tolson, Angela Marie Abbatecola, Hidenori Arai, Juergen M. Bauer, Alfonso J. Cruz-Jentoft, Birong Dong, Hyuk Ga, Ashish Goel, Ramzi Hajjar, Iva Holmerova, Paul R. Katz, Raymond T C M Koopmans, Yves Rolland, Renuka Visvanathan, Jean Woo, John E. Morley, Bruno Vellas

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There is much ambiguity regarding the term "nursing home" in the international literature. The definition of a nursing home and the type of assistance provided in a nursing home is quite varied by country. The International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics and AMDA foundation developed a survey to assist with an international consensus on the definition of "nursing home.".

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-184
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Medical Directors Association
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2015



  • Care home
  • Long-term care
  • Nursing home definition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Nursing(all)
  • Health Policy

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Sanford, A. M., Orrell, M., Tolson, D., Abbatecola, A. M., Arai, H., Bauer, J. M., Cruz-Jentoft, A. J., Dong, B., Ga, H., Goel, A., Hajjar, R., Holmerova, I., Katz, P. R., Koopmans, R. T. C. M., Rolland, Y., Visvanathan, R., Woo, J., Morley, J. E., & Vellas, B. (2015). An International Definition for "Nursing Home". Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 16(3), 181-184.