|Contact||Óscar Brito Fernandes|
|Host institution||Algarve Biomedical Center|
|Team members||Óscar Brito Fernandes, Pedro Lobo Julião, Nuno Marques, Niek Klazinga, Dionne Kringos|
|Funding information (if funded)||The study was funded by the Algarve Biomedical Center. The participation of OBF, NK, and Dk occurred in the scope of a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (HealthPros — Healthcare Performance Intelligence Professionals) that has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement Nr. 765141 (https://healthpros-h2020.eu).|
Study setting: Nursing homes in two regions of Portugal (Algarve and Alentejo) (April–July 2020)
Description: We examined nursing home Covid-19 preparedness and the personnel’s perceived safety, including nursing home resident safety culture, in two regions of Portugal; we also sought to understand differences among nursing homes in those two regions. We followed a two-stage voluntary-based engagement with nursing homes: first, nursing homes self-assessed their Covid-19 preparedness using a checklist (n=138); and second, a follow-up video/phone call with a nursing home for a checklist walkthrough discussion (n=83). Later, when residents and workers in nursing homes of both regions were tested for Covid-19, a web-based, self-administered survey was conducted among personnel (n=720). We used descriptive statistics to characterize attributes of participating nursing homes and survey respondents, and to examine missing data patterns. We summarized the Covid-19 preparedness with the geometric mean across facilities on the compliance within each larger group of items in the checklist. We synthesized data from open-ended questions (both from the checklist and follow-up calls) into major categories to capture insights from the facilities’ contributions. We assessed correlations and performed an exploratory principal axis factor analysis on a 10-item question in the first module of the survey. Composite response frequencies relative to the personnel’s resident safety culture were computed by averaging positive, negative and neutral responses.
|Outputs / Expected Outputs|
Study concluded, submission to peer-review journal by December 2020.
KEYWORDS / CATEGORIES
|Care setting||Care homes/LTC facilities|
|Impact/outcomes||Implementation outcomes | Staff skills|
|Intervention types||Preventing/controlling COVID-19 infections|
|Groups/organisations||Care provider/care organisations | Staff working in long-term care|