Barriers and facilitators to reducing COVID-19 transmission in care homes: a qualitative exploration and survey

Lane, Kathleen, Lake, Iain, Brainard, Julii, Salter, Charlotte and Bunn, Diane (2021) Barriers and facilitators to reducing COVID-19 transmission in care homes: a qualitative exploration and survey. In: British Society of Gerontology 50th Annual Conference, 7-9 July 2021, 2021-07-07 - 2021-07-09, Hosted online by Lancaster University.

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Following epidemiological work on the transmission of COVID-19 in Norfolk care homes[1], we are conducting an exploratory study to extend our awareness of how care-home staff cope with infection-control mitigation measures. The aim is to identify any additional issues facing care-home (CH) workers and managers in delivering the safest possible care to their residents during the COVID-19 crisis and the challenges these may pose. Methods are an online survey to provide broad insights, followed by key informant interviews to explore lived experiences in depth. The study is ongoing until the end of January 2021. To date, we have 232 survey participants, representing a range of ages, gender, geographical location and occupational roles within care homes. Twelve interviews are completed/in process. Preliminary analysis (using the Framework method) suggests considerable variance in how CH staff are supported by training and/or information and the communication within the setting. Particular challenges emerged around personal protective equipment (PPE). Enablers included: effective communication strategy; a good team spirit; openness to learning within the CH. Barriers included: lack of awareness and preparation for COVID-19 compared with previous infectious outbreaks; lack of social and personal support in facing highly distressing situations; caring for residents living with dementia. These have provided valuable insights into our understandings of the practicalities and challenges around CH transmission mitigation measures for limiting the spread of COVID-19. [1]Brainard J. et al. (2020). Introduction to and spread of COVID-like illness in care homes in Norfolk, UK. J Public Health. doi:10.1093/pubmed/fdaa218

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: care home,covid-19,qualitative,survey,infection-control measures,sdg 3 - good health and well-being ,/dk/atira/pure/sustainabledevelopmentgoals/good_health_and_well_being
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2021 23:42
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2021 00:45

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