The RAI-MDS (Resident Assessment Instrument-Minimum Data Set) is a widely used measurement tool in Canadian long-term care homes. In this article, we set this tool in the contexts of neo-liberalism and evidence-based medicine and comment on primary and secondary literature concerning its use. Using observations and interviews at several Canadian care homes, we focus on how RAI-MDS is perceived and implemented in the field. Our principal contribution is to empirically enrich the feminist political economy literature on the use of this important measurement tool.

Care work, Ethnography, Evidence, Evidence-based medicine, Long-term care homes, Neo-liberalism, RAI-MDS
Journal of Canadian Studies
School of Social Work

Armstrong, H, Daly, T.J. (Tamara J.), & Choiniere, J.A. (Jacqueline A.). (2016). Policies and practices: The case of RAI-MDS in Canadian long-term care homes. Journal of Canadian Studies, 50(2), 348–367.