Identifying Research Priorities in Adult Day Centers to Support Evidence-Based Care of Vulnerable Older Adults

For which topic were research priorities identified?

quality of services offered in adult day centers

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

North America - USA

Why was it conducted at all?

Adult day centers (ADCs) are essential community resources that allow frail older adults to remain in their communities. Research demonstrates that ADC staff have the capacity to leverage their culturally and socially congruent relation ships with clients and caregivers, to deliver evidence-based interventions that improve health outcomes. Yet, they remain a largely overlooked neighborhood resource for older adults with complex health care needs.

What was the objective?

to identify priority areas for research to enhance the quality of services offered in adult day centers and the delivery of evidence-based practices to clients

What was the outcome?

a list of 4 research areas

How long did the research prioritization take?

2018 - 2019

Which methods were used to identify research priorities?


How were the priorities for research identified exactly?

Step 1: participants were asked to identify priority areas for research that demonstrate the quality of services ADCs offered and to identify opportunities for growth and improvement. Step 2: monthly conference calls to expand the framework of the research agenda

Which stakeholders took part?

ADC providers, caregivers, government agencies, academic researchers. 26 participants.

How were stakeholders recruited?

No information provided.

Were stakeholders actively involved or did they just participate?

Stakeholders were mere participants of the research prioritization process; they were not actively involved in the process.