The key for controlling the transmission of COVID-19 is to isolate and eliminate COVID-19 contaminated air and droplets, particularly aerosols. However, this is very challenging for many healthcare settings such as dentistry, which are in dire need of an effective and feasible solution for reducing the COVID-19 risk. UBC Okanagan will partner with Care Health Meditech Developments Inc. to develop an innovative device, Airborne Infection Isolation and Elimination Device (AIIED), which will enable safe collection and disposal of COVID-19 contaminated air in dental operations.
This research project will both contribute to, and examine the impacts of, the Autism & Intellectual-Developmental Disabilities National Resource and Exchange Network (AIDE) COVID-19 website for children with neuro-developmental disability (NDD) and their families, including evaluation for continual quality improvement and determining impact. Directed by the Pacific Autism Family Network, AIDE is a wide-reaching initiative that is nationally and regionally focused in offering information and support to individuals with NDD and their families.
Your Doctors Online is an online smartphone-based application that allows registered patients to chat with experienced and board-certified doctors 24 hours and 7 days a week. Patients can chat, upload images or videos, and get immediate medical advice about a variety of health issues such as cold and flu, sexual health and dermatology avoiding the lengthy waiting period of a hospital or a clinic. Currently patients need to use their own devices to measure their biometric data and the doctors have to look up previous doctors’ notes to provide an informed advice.
Citizen Advocacy Ottawa (CAO) is a non-profit organization supporting families with children impacted by Neurodevelopmental Disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many challenges to families already strained by the complexity of caregiving for these children. Many issues have been identified such as caregiver burnout, social isolation, mental health issues of all family members, and even increased violence in the home.
Social distancing due to COVID-19 has meant that older adults have not been as able to see their doctors. Older adults have chronic conditions, such as diabetes, that can flare up and cause emergencies. So, finding older adults who are unwell is very important. Community support services, such as those providing meals-on-wheels, are available to find older adults who need help. Researchers designed a self-report tool to use over the phone to see if a person needs to see a health-care worker or go to the hospital.
Part of the foundation of retirement residences is that older adults can benefit from living close to each other and the services they desire. Under social distancing rules, this assumption is challenged. Finlandia Village, like many other organisations needs to study this situation to work out how to adapt marketing, strategy, and new developments. In this project we will have two interns working at Finlandia Village. They will talk with residents about how their connections with friends and family have been affected by COVID-19 and social distancing measures.
The impact of COVID-19 on long-term care, a sector previously struggling with critical challenges of recruitment and retention, has been devastating. The core working group, personal support workers, has been particularly impacted. Studies with other providers such as nurses have demonstrated stress and burnout during past pandemics as well as the negative influences on staff turnover. However, how personal support workers have experienced this pandemic and how this will impact existing human resource challenges is unknown.
The purpose of this research project is to understand how families of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in British Columbia can be best supported during COVID-19 and in similar pandemics. This will be accomplished by surveying parents and assessing how their child/ren and family have functioned during the current or Phase 1 of the COVID-19 pandemic, including their access to government services and supports. Their degree of satisfaction with government policies, specific to families affected by ASD, in the midst of the pandemic, will be assessed.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused disruptions in multiple spheres of life and increased psychological distress, depression, and anxiety in many Canadians. With practices of social distancing implemented by the governments combined with an increased demand for psychological support, mental health agencies are forced to be creative and develop e-mental health interventions and tools.
United Way will be adapting their resources around the creation of a Social Innovation Lab to provide support to organisations impacted by COVID19, specifically be increasing their capacity to deal with new COVID-related challenges. The research will provide evidence and direction for the creation an online collaborative platform that allows community service agencies to access expertise, support and training through a dedicated online portal.