Principal investigator: Dre Anca Sterie
Duration: June - November 2021
Funding : Institut des humanités en médecine, CHUV
The measures taken hospitals to ensure the prevention and management of the COVID-19 pandemic have profoundly altered exchanges between health professionals and patients. The arrival of COVID-19 has particularly affected elderly patients, a population that is vulnerable to the virus, and in particular those with co-morbidities. In addition, the management of elderly patients is dependent on the quality of contact and communication with caregivers. COVID-19-related protective measures have exacerbated the sense of social isolation and loneliness experienced by elderly patients, requiring professionals to provide specific support to their patients.
Through semi-structured and open-ended interviews, the project examines the health professionals’ perceptions of communication during the COVID-19 pandemic, the challenges they faced, and the resources they put in place to respond.
The project is taking place in the Geriatric and Geriatric Rehabilitation Service of the CHUV.