The Preferences for Everyday Living Inventory (PELI) is a valid and reliable evidence-based tool that providers can use to learn about an individual’s preferences and integrate that information into personalized care plans. In 2015, the Ohio Department of Medicaid mandated that all Medicaid certified nursing homes use the PELI to enhance person-centered care. 

The Donaghue Foundation has awarded a grant to Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University to answer three key questions about the impact of the Ohio mandate. Is use of the PELI a predictor of improved:

  • Resident and family satisfaction?
  • Clinical outcomes (reduced pressure ulcers and falls) and care process outcomes (reduced physical restraints and antipsychotic medication use)?
  • Quality measures, including overall star rating, health inspection rating, staffing rating, quality rating and number of complaints in nursing homes?

Dr. Katy Abbott leads the research team, and is joined by co-investigators Drs. Jane StrakerJohn Bowblis, and Kimberly VanHaitsma.

The Ohio Person-Centered Care Coalition is partnering with the research team to interpret empirical results and develop practice-based recommendations for long-term care providers. The group will share findings through conferences and publications to help inform future policy and practice initiatives aiming to enhance person-centered care.  

For more information, please contact: Dr. Katy Abbott, Associate Professor of Gerontology, Scripps Gerontology Center, Miami University,