Dr. Santhiny Rajamohan Completes Dissertation Research Project on Leadership and Person Centered Care (PCC) in Long Term Care
Dr. Rajamohan completed a study examining associations between the implementation of PCC, leadership styles in licensed nursing home administrators (LNHAs), and nursing home (NH) facility characteristics.
This study was the first to attempt to identify the associations between licensed nursing home administrators’ (LNHA) leadership styles and the degree of PCC implementation, as well as the predictability of person-centered care (PCC) implementation specific to other associating factors. LNHAs are the change agents who are ultimately responsible for implementing and embracing the PCC culture change, but this is the first time they have been asked about PCC implementation specific to their facilities. This research provides new insight into LNHA leadership styles and factors significantly associated with PCC implementation. The transformational leadership style was most closely related to implementing PCC in long term care. Leading and motivating the long term care workforce are invaluable aspects of the nursing home administrator role in initiating and sustaining a PCC culture that is so vital to improved PCC delivery.
Findings are timely and provide new information regarding how LNHAs’ leadership styles might impact the PCC implementation in LTC. Findings also suggest that incorporating transformational leadership training in NHAs’ curriculum and offering continuing staff education/ training opportunities for developing such leadership skills in LNHAs may help promote PCC implementation.