Evaluators at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center conducted a formal evaluation and a follow-up study of the 1982–1987 Teaching Nursing Home Program (TNHP).
TNHP sought to demonstrate that nursing home affiliations with nursing schools would result in improved patient care and reduced health care costs. Grants were made to 11 university nursing schools, each of which had affiliations with at least one nursing home.
The evaluation compared 11 of these affiliated nursing homes with six matched homes with no nursing school affiliations, gathering data from over 3,300 nursing home patients' records for the years 1981–1988.
A follow-up survey was undertaken in 1995, seven years after the close of the national program.
Results of the formal evaluation appeared in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society and Health Care Financing Review, among other publications.
Findings from the follow-up survey were published in Nursing Outlook.