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Well-being, interventions and support during epidemics (WISE): protocol for a qualitative longitudinal study of older adults’ experiences during COVID-19 [version 2; peer review: 3 approved]

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posted on 14.01.2022, 16:31 authored by Viveka GuzmanViveka Guzman, Ronan Foley, Maria PertlMaria Pertl, Frank DoyleFrank Doyle

Background: The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has the potential to trigger multiple stress domains and lead to long-term repercussions in an individual’s quality of life, health, and well-being. Stressors from the pandemic are likely to be experienced in many ways by older adults with heterogeneous life experiences and supports available. In this context, it is necessary to tease out the underlying mechanisms leading to positive and negative well-being and mental health across interdependent individual, social and environmental factors. The aim of the present study is to explore community-dwelling older adults’ experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic, with a particular focus on mental health and psychosocial well-being.

Methods: An exploratory longitudinal qualitative study will be conducted with data collected through written submissions, narrative interviews and go-along interviews with older adults living in Irish community settings. To enable the exploration of participants’ responses to the evolving social, economic and environmental circumstances, data collection will take during the implementation of public health restrictions and once these are eased and the vaccination program is rolled out. Framework analysis will be carried out to identify data themes, linkages, and explanations within Bronfenbrenner’s socio-ecological model.

Ethics and dissemination: Ethical approval has been granted by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Research Ethics Committee (REC202011028). Findings will be disseminated through peer-reviewed journal publications, presentations at relevant conferences, and in consultation with Public and Patient Involvement (PPI) contributors. A lay summary of findings and infographic will be distributed to multiple stakeholders including our PPI panel, older people, caregivers, community organizations, charities, and media.

Funding

Health Research Board Ireland [SPHeRE-2019-1]

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The original article and an updated version may be available on https://hrbopenresearch.org/

Published Citation

Guzman V, Foley R, Pertl M, Doyle F. Well-being, interventions and support during epidemics (WISE): protocol for a qualitative longitudinal study of older adults’ experiences during COVID-19 [version 2; peer review: 3 approved]. HRB Open Res. 2021;4:22

Publication Date

31 Aug 2021

PubMed ID

33977225

Department/Unit

  • Health Psychology

Research Area

  • Population Health and Health Services

Publisher

F1000 Research Ltd

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