56 minutes | Sep 8th 2020

Avoidable: David Grabowski’s Take on the Pandemic’s Impact on Nursing Homes

Susan Ryan sits down with David Grabowski, PhD, professor of health care policy at Harvard Medical School. As a longtime researcher in the long-term care field, Dr. Grabowski has dedicated his career to shaping policy and making a difference in the lives of elders. Recently, he was part of a research team that studied the characteristics of nursing homes impacted by the coronavirus in order to understand which were more likely to experience an outbreak of COVID-19 cases.

In this episode, Ryan and Dr. Grabowski discuss his observations on the impact of social isolation as a result of the ban on family visitation to nursing homes and why he believes that staff have the most dangerous jobs in America.

Dr. Grabowski also unpacks his observations about the factors that have shown to indicate the likelihood of an outbreak and what must be done to address the systemic flaws to mitigate the spread of the infection.

If you want to keep up with the latest research and insights on long-term care and COVID-19, follow Dr. Grabowski on Twitter here: @DavidCGrabowski

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