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Prioritizing patient perspectives when designing intervention studies for homeless older adults
Canham, S.L., Bosma, H., Palepu, A., Small, S., & Danielsen, C. (2021). Prioritizing patient perspectives when designing intervention studies for homeless older adults. Research on Social Work Practice, 3(6), 610-620. doi:10.1177/1049731521995558
Medical respite provides postacute care to people experiencing homelessness upon hospital discharge if they are too sick to recover on the streets or in a traditional shelter. The current study examined the feasibility of conducting a study to test the effectiveness of a medical respite intervention for older people experiencing homelessness.
Fifteen patient and 11 provider participants were interviewed between July and November 2018.
Participants’ considerations for how to design a program of research included (1) desired qualities of researchers; (2) preferences for study design; (3) mechanisms for participant recruitment and retention; (4) what, where, and how to collect data; and (5) barriers and motivations to participation.
Findings from this study build on an emerging research base on how to appropriately engage vulnerable patient groups, including older people experiencing homelessness, in trauma-informed research by including peer researchers on research teams to serve as advisors throughout the research process
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