The four research centres of the Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux (CIUSSS) de la Capitale-Nationale announced today, with the support of the clinical divisions of the CIUSSS de la Capitale-Nationale and in collaboration with Université Laval, the launch of a major longitudinal study, "Ma vie et la pandémie au Québec" (MAVIPAN), on the psychological and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the population of the Capitale-Nationale region and its surroundings.
The research project aims to give a voice to the various communities and stakeholders in our region by documenting their experiences and the impacts of the pandemic on their lives and health. It will also support institutions in the health and social services network in the deployment and organization of services in times of crisis and, ultimately, document the impacts of the current pandemic and adaptation strategies for the population, families and the community. In addition, it will enable the health and social services system to respond adequately to possible crises of an equivalent nature.
Everywhere in the world, the current health crisis is forcing a major and unprecedented social reorganization, and the scope of the current mobilization leads us to question the adaptation issues that this health crisis is imposing on us today and will impose on us in the future," said Yves De Koninck, Director of Research at ICSUSS in the Capitale-Nationale and Professor at the Faculty of Medicine of Université Laval. "In Quebec, there is an urgent need to better understand the psychosocial effects of the crisis and the coping strategies put forward in order to be better prepared for future health crises.
More specifically, and depending on the evolution of the health crisis, the project will focus on the study of :
- the adaptation of individuals and families, particularly those in vulnerable situations;
- the adaptation of health and social services stakeholders;
- the adaptation of health and social services structures;
- social and professional organization.
While targeting the entire population of the CIUSSS-CN territory, the researchers hope to reach a large number of participants from the following populations that are generally vulnerable, or considered vulnerable in the context of the health crisis: seniors, people with disabilities, vulnerable youth and families, people suffering from chronic diseases or mental health problems, people from cultural minorities, health and social services stakeholders, and people from rural areas.
The study of these groups will not only make it possible to adapt the study of the data according to their identified needs, but also according to the different phases foreseen in the evolution of the current health crisis. These phases include the impact phase, which is the one we are currently in, the turning point phase, which corresponds to the time when the crisis will be brought under control thanks to the restrictive measures put in place, the phase immediately after the crisis, when the restrictive measures are eased, and finally the recovery phase, during the months and years following the "return to normal".
This project will draw on the complementary expertise of researchers in the psychosocial and health dimensions of individuals. Together, they will provide the capacity to approach the study from an interdisciplinary and intersectoral perspective, and from the perspective of social responsibility and sustainable health.
The CIUSSS of the Capitale-Nationale has four world-renowned health and social services research centres affiliated with Université Laval and recognized by the Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ). The project will be supported by Laval University's collaborative research platform, PULSAR.