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Giving a voice to family care partners of older people about the meanings of their experience and recommendations for supportive actions during the COVID-19 pandemic: A critical ethnography (Canada)

Project statusOngoing
Contact Anne Bourbonnais 
Institution web pagehttps://www.chairepersonneagee.umontreal.ca/en/
Host institution Université de Montréal and Research Centre of the Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal
Team members Anne Bourbonnais (Université de Montréal), Jennifer Baumbusch (University of British Columbia), Amy Hsu (Bruyère Research Institute), Stéphanie Daneau (Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières), Jacqueline Rousseau (Université de Montréal), Susan Macaulay (http://myalzheimersstory.com/about/)
Funding information (if funded) Research Chair in Nursing Care for Older People and their Families, Canada Research Chair in Care for Older People, and Research Centre of the Institut Universitaire de Gériatrie de Montréal
Project Summary

Using critical ethnography, we will:  a) describe the sociocultural context during the COVID-19 pandemic, including facilitating and constraining aspects (prejudices, stereotypes, emotions, health services and policy) for care partners and older people;  b) describe the meanings of being a family care partner of an older person living in a long-term care home (LTCH) during the COVID-19 pandemic and;  c) elicit and describe the recommendations of care partners for supportive actions that should guide health professionals and public policy to ensure their health and the health of older people during an epidemic.  We will recruit 20 to 30 family care partners of older people living in a LTCH. These care partners will either care (or have cared) for the older person living in a LTCH during the COVID-19 pandemic. They will be recruited using a purposive and snowball sampling strategy from a pool of participants from previous projects. We will collect data with a sociodemographic questionnaire, individual semi-structured interviews, field notes and artefacts in the form of articles, audio or video files from mainstream Canadian media and social media posts starting in March 2020. We will analyze all data with the method described by Spradley.

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Some outputs are available. Publications are expected in early 2021.

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Giving a voice to family care partners of older people about the meanings of their experience and recommendations for supportive actions during the COVID-19 pandemic: A critical ethnography (Canada)