did not try to update state-specific descriptive data through direct contacts with each state because of an expectation of less than a 100 percent response rate in the time remaining and the resulting dilemma of having yet another incomplete database.
Studies undertaken by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and the IOM are conducted by expert committees. These committees comprise individuals selected for their expertise who can provide information and insights from all disciplines and social sectors that are important to the topic under study. The IOM committee for this study, which was appointed in the fall of 1993, consisted of 16 members with expertise in medicine, medical sociology, health care policy and research, clinical research, health law, health care administration, state government policy and program administration, consumer advocacy, public health, voluntarism, and the LTC ombudsman program itself. The committee had a broad representation by age, sex, and geographic location.
The Older Americans Act (OAA) Amendments of 1992 specified that specific organizations and constituency groups that have interests in the LTC ombudsman programs be consulted regarding the effectiveness study. To that purpose, early in the study the IOM appointed a technical panel composed of a former LTC ombudsman and one representative from each of the following groups: the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, the National Association of State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs, the National Association of State Units on Aging, the National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center, and the National Senior Citizens Law Center. Throughout the study, the committee turned to individuals on the technical panel for assistance. Table C.1 lists the technical panel members and their affiliations.