The platform for all TREC’s work is the longitudinal TREC Measurement System (TMS). The TMS has matured into a research technology that has been collecting resident, staff, care unit and facility data for 10 years now. It contains standardized observations on resident clinical and functional outcomes. In addition, it includes data on factors that influence their quality of care and quality of life and end of life. The TMS also captures data on characteristics of the front line workforce including indicators of health, and quality of work life for staff, gathered regularly through surveys and interviews. TMS data are from residents and all levels of staff in nearly 100 participating nursing homes in British Columbia, Alberta and Manitoba (and previously Saskatchewan).
From this TMS platform, TREC researchers develop and carry out smaller, short-term projects to create change on many fronts.