Mobilizing Knowledge on the Use of Virtual Care Interventions to Provide Trauma-Focused Treatment to Individuals and Families At-Risk of Domestic Violence During COVID-19

Montesanti, Stephanie R | $50,000

Alberta University of Alberta 2020 CIHR Operating Grant

Across the globe, the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has been linked to increases in domestic violence reports, crisis calls and shelter intakes. COVID‑19 has created an unprecedented shift in healthcare systems around the world with the move towards virtual care to limit unnecessary in-person interactions. As care shifts from in-person to virtual visits it’s important to examine the application and feasibility of virtual care interventions (e.g., telemedicine, mHealth or videoconferencing) in addressing domestic violence in the current pandemic context. Our proposed application includes a Knowledge Synthesis (KS) phase that involves a rapid review of the evidence on the application and feasibility of a range of virtual care interventions (e.g., telehealth, mobile health apps, videoconferencing) within primary care settings in addressing domestic violence and that incorporate trauma-informed care and support for individuals at-risk and survivors. Our Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) phase will involve a process of knowledge dissemination on potential virtual care interventions adopted within primary care, engaging key actors/partners, and designing a knowledge translation (KT) plan for implementing a feasible intervention.

With funding from the Government of Canada

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