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J Prim Care Community Health ; 13: 21501319221138426, 2022.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-2139060


PURPOSE: Effective communication is a key component to managing an event such as a global pandemic. In Canada, federal/provincial reports indicated that effective communication was a challenge in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of this study was to examine the communication strategies used within long term care facilities in the Canadian province of New Brunswick. METHODS: Online surveys were used to collect data from administrators, staff, and individuals with family members living in long-term care facilities. RESULTS: The findings show an overall satisfaction with the information received by staff and families, however the frequency and format in which information was communicated were inconsistent. All participants indicated that too much information and poor quality information was a challenge. The importance of digital platforms to provide COVID-19 information was consistently identified as a successful communication strategy. CONCLUSION: The findings of this study reveal that the quantity and quality of information provided during the pandemic created challenges for administrators, staff, and families. This is in line with reports from Canadian provincial/federal reports on COVID-19 and long-term care. Recommendations have been made that would benefit the long-term care sector, not only for pandemics, but for communication in general.

COVID-19 , Pandemics , Humans , Canada/epidemiology , Long-Term Care , New Brunswick , Communication