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Producing ‘Top Tips’ for care home staff during the COVID-19 pandemic in England: rapid reviews inform evidence-based practice but reveal major gaps

Towers, Ann-Marie, Killett, Anne, Handley, Melanie, Almack, Kathryn, Backhouse, Tamara, Bunn, Diane, Bunn, Frances, Dickinson, Angela, Mathie, Elspeth, Mayrhofer, Andrea, and others. (2020) Producing ‘Top Tips’ for care home staff during the COVID-19 pandemic in England: rapid reviews inform evidence-based practice but reveal major gaps. Journal of Long-term Care, . E-ISSN 2516-9122. (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:83182)

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Abstract

Context:The work presented in this paper was undertaken during the first three months of the COVID-19 crisis in the UK.

Objectives:The project aimed to respond to questions and concerns raised by front-line care staff during this time, by producing research-based ‘Top Tips’ to complement emerging COVID-19 policy and practice guidelines.

Methods: Eight rapid, expert reviews of published, multidisciplinary research evidence were conducted to help answer care home workers’ questions about ‘how’ to support residents, family members and each other at a time of unprecedented pressure and grief and adhere to guidance on self-distancing and isolation. A review of the emerging policy guidelines published up to the end of April 2020 was also undertaken.

Findings: The rapid reviews revealed gaps in research evidence, with research having a lot to say about what care homes should do and far less about how they should do it. The policy review highlighted the expectations and demands placed on managers and direct care workers as the pandemic spread across the UK.

Implications: This paper highlights the value of working with the sector to co-design and co-produce research and pathways to knowledge with those who live, work and care in care homes. To have a real impact on care practice, research in care homes needs to go beyond telling homes ‘what’ to do by working with them to find out ‘how’.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: care homes, COVID-19, policy review, expert review, social care, skilled care
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Ann-Marie Towers
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2020 10:18 UTC
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2021 14:33 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/83182 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Towers, Ann-Marie: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3597-1061
Mikelyte, Rasa: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2772-8240
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