A National Survey of Data Currently being Collected by Adult Day Service Centers Across the United States.

Tina Sadarangani, Keith Anderson, Paayal Vora, Lydia Missaelides, William Zagorski

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle


An understanding of adult day service centers’ (ADC) impacts on clients’ health and well-being has been hampered by a lack of large-scale data. Standardizing data collection is critical to strengthening ADC programs, demonstrating their effectiveness, and enabling them to leverage additional funding streams beyond Medicaid. We distributed an electronic survey on current data collection efforts to ADCs nationally to determine categories of data ADCs are collecting related to clients’ health. In our sample (N = 248), only 32% of ADCs collected patient-level data for research and analysis—most commonly on activities of daily living, cognition, nutrition, and caregiver strain. However, validated assessment tools were used in less than 50% of the cases. ADCs are willing to collect data: More than 70% reported a willingness to participate in future studies. National studies piloting data collection protocols with uniform outcome measures are needed to advance the understanding of ADCs’ capabilities and impacts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages7
Specialist publicationJournal of Applied Gerontology
StatePublished - Mar 2022


  • adult day care
  • health outcomes
  • health services
  • long-term services and supports
  • policy
  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Caregivers
  • United States
  • Humans
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Medicaid
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Gerontology


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