Doing research in care homes: the experiences of researchers and participants

BROOKS, Jenni, GRIDLEY, Kate and PARKER, Gillian (2019). Doing research in care homes: the experiences of researchers and participants. Social research practice, 8 (Autumn), 19-27.

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The UK Prime Minister's Challenge on Dementia 2020 includes a target for more research to be conducted in care homes, yet research in care homes can be complex, as they are both homes and workplaces. We reflect on our experiences as researchers on a mixed methods study in six care homes over a year. We include the experiences of care home residents, their family and friends, and members of staff. Care home staff turnover was high, funding was constrained and priorities often differed from those of the researchers. Negotiating ongoing access and data collection was therefore challenging at times. Most residents did not mind taking part, but those who preferred not to felt able to decline. Private space was limited. Research in care homes needs to be adequately planned and resourced, including funding for staff time, if staff, residents and visitors are to participate in a meaningful way.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This manuscript was first published in Social Research Practice here:
Page Range: 19-27
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2019 12:19
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2019 09:22

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