Friday, May 1, 2009

Clayton State’s Fuqua Receives “Best Paper” Award from BCAA

Dr. Ronald Fuqua, Clayton State University assistant professor of Health Care Management, recently received the “Best Paper Award” at the Business and Health Administration Association (BCAA) International conference for his paper, “Aging, Health Services and Long Term Care Track.”

“The paper is the qualitative part of my dissertation,” Fuqua explains. “I had analyzed data on the reduction of physical restraints in a nursing home as the result of the Nursing Home Reform Act known as OBRA 87. This paper presents the qualitative research I conducted through in-depth interviews with the nursing home's management team.
“My dissertation was an extended effort over almost four years. The adaptation of this paper was about a month's worth of effort.”

Fuqua admits that there were some challenges which included extensive research.

“The greatest challenge was updating the literature since much of the original work was funded on some older work,” he says. “I conducted in-depth interviews using a prepared interview schedule. Probing was determined by the answers provided. The analysis required transcribing the recorded interviews and a process of categorizing and identifying when saturation had occurred. Once the same answers began appearing, the need to collect more information was satisfied.”

Despite a few challenges the experience was very rewarding.

“I feel great about what was learned in the research but I must admit that little recognition was a nice feeling!” he says.

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.
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