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Understanding the effects of public health outbreak control policies and implementation on individuals and communities: A path to improving COVID-19 policy effectiveness

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Understanding the effects of public health outbreak control policies and implementation on individuals and communities: A path to improving COVID-19 policy effectiveness

Purpose

To understand the impact of COVID-19 on individuals and communities, this project has five objectives:

  • to describe and compare the public health response in Canada and Bangladesh
  • to examine how individuals and communities understand, are affected by, and react to COVID-19, the public health measures to control its spread, and potential therapeutics and vaccines developed to treat and prevent disease
  • to examine the public health response and how the response can be tailored to the unique circumstances of different populations
  • to assess the public and other stakeholder perceptions of these polices (e.g., the effect on their lives)
  • to understand the psychosocial effects of the public health response on those who are caring for people with COVID-19.

Outcomes

A scientific synthesis report and extended summary will be distributed to relevant agencies with an interest in this issue. Articles will be submitted for publication in peer-reviewed journals. The research will also be disseminated through academic and professional forums such as conferences on COVID-19 or public policy.

Design

This project is a large, multinational study spanning four sites, comparing COVID-19 public health response in Canada (British Columbia, Ontario, Nova Scotia) and Bangladesh (Dhaka). We are exploring the different social, geographical, political, cultural, economic, and historical contexts of the four case sites and within the broader context of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

We are using a case study design using mixed-methods in a phased approach:

  • Document Analysis: collecting and analyzing documents related to the COVID-19 pandemic in each of the four study sites. Documents include government legislation and formal policy documents, public health recommendations and guidelines, and newspaper coverage of the pandemic
  • Stakeholders Interviews: interviewing stakeholders representing policy makers and implementers, healthcare providers, media representatives, and non-governmental organizations and the members they serve (e.g., those experiencing poverty/food insecurity, homelessness, and women fleeing intimate partner violence)
  • Focus Groups: conducting focus groups with participants from the general public, COVID-19 patients and their families, and seniors
  • Surveys: conducting a survey of the general public in the three Canadian sites to further examine their experiences and opinions on the pandemic, policies and uptake

Principal Investigators

  • Scott Halperin (Dalhousie University, IWK Health)
  • Julie Bettinger (University of British Columbia)
  • Donna Halperin (St. Francis Xavier University)
  • Janet Parsons (Unity Health Toronto)
  • Nadia Rimi (International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh)
Co-Investigators:
  • Pauline Dakin (University of King’s College)
  • Ève Dubé (Université Laval)
  • Clara Juando-Prats (Unity Health Toronto)
  • Yasmin Khan (University of Toronto)
  • Jeff Kwong (University of Toronto)

Funding Sources

Contact Info

For any questions related to this study, please contact the Project Manager:
Melissa Kervin
melissa.kervin@iwk.nshealth.ca

Contact Melissa Kervin

Phone 902-470-8141

Email melissa.kervin@iwk.nshealth.ca

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