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Federal Agency Says California Is Weak In Nursing Home Care

A federal agency has released health quality data that show troubling statistics about nursing home care in California. The data show almost one in 10 long-term nursing home patients was physically restrained in 2008.

The state snapshot also said that some 27 percent of short-stay nursing home residents had bed sores that same year. In these areas, California ranked last among the states.

Bill Freeman of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality said he hopes the numbers are useful to lawmakers.

"It can direct California in identifying different policies that can help them tackle these issues and reduce the risk to patients," said Freeman.

The agency found the state was ‘average’ in overall quality of care.

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