An international comparison of the Ohio department of aging-resident satisfaction survey: applicability in a U.S. and Canadian sample

November 29, 2012


  • Taka Yamashita
  • J. Scott Brown
  • Jane K. Straker

The majority of resident satisfaction surveys available for use in assisted living settings have been developed in the United States; however, empirical assessment of their measurement properties remains limited and sporadic, as does knowledge regarding their applicability for use in settings outside of the United States. This study further examines the psychometric properties of the Ohio Department of Aging-Resident Satisfaction Survey (ODA-RSS) and explores its applicability within a sample of Canadian assisted living facilities. The ODA-RSS performs best in an environment that encompasses a wide range of RCF types. In settings where greater uniformity and standardization exist, more nuanced questions may be required to detect variation between facilities. It is not sufficient to assume that rigorous development and empirical testing of a tool ensures its applicability in states or countries other than that in which it was initially developed.

Gerontologist, 53(6), 1032-45. doi: 10.1093/geront/gns146

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  • Global Aging
  • Psychology of Aging