UBC Study: Evaluation of Rapid Redesign and Resource Deployment in Long-Term Care during COVID-19

Half of Canada’s COVID-19 deaths are linked to long-term care (LTC) settings. In response to COVID-19, LTC settings have introduced rapid changes to resident care delivery. The purpose of this study was to track the impact of the rapid changes implemented in response to COVID-19, and learn more about how redesign of process and re-deployment of staff and leadership of long-term care facilities in times of crisis like a pandemic impacts residents, staff members, families, and other stakeholders.

Dr. Havaei, an Assistant Professor at UBC School of Nursing, in collaboration with a team of experts, applied to the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) COVID-19 Research Response Fund, and was one of only 10 to be successful in the first wave of funding. This team included Dr. David Keselman, CEO of Louis Brier Home and Hospital & Weinberg Residence, and Drs. Maura McPhee and Alison Phinney, Professors at the School of Nursing.

Key stakeholders (leadership, staff, Family and Resident Councils) were represented on a steering committee who were involved in all phases of the research, with the goal of producing evidence-based LTC practices and policies for pandemic management as soon as possible.

The research study was published in the Health Care Quarterly journal in February 2021. You can learn more by reading the study interim report and paper.

UBC Community Engagement Partnership Recognition Fund

The Partnership Recognition Fund provides low-barrier funding of up to $1,500 for community groups working in partnership with UBC faculty, staff and students.

The funds go to the community partners to fill a resource gap in their partnership with UBC. Possible activities might include ones that:

  • Respond to the impacts of COVID-19 within the community partnership.
  • Build or share skills through workshops, training, experiential learning, asset-based skill building, etc.
  • Build or share knowledge through events, dialogues, engaged research, toolkits, etc.
  • Recognize or celebrate achievements through awards, debriefs, appreciation/evaluation, etc.
  • Extend or deepen engagement through community mapping, artistic or creative events, public forums, network building, etc.

    Together with UBC School of Nursing faculty members, Louis Brier Home and Hospital submitted a joint request for sponsorship from the UBC Partnership Recognition Fund, and in July 2020, were awarded a sponsorship of $1,472.93 for “A partnership to engage nursing home residents and workers in care delivery redesign during COVID-19.” These funds were used to purchase iPads for resident engagement.
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