Marie-Ève Bédard (2018)


Master’s in Recreation, Culture and Tourism (2011), University of Québec at Trois-Rivières. 

Bachelor’s degree in Recreation, Culture and Tourism (2008), University of Québec at Trois-Rivières. 


Ph.D. in Gerontology (2012 to present), University of Sherbrooke.


Provisional title : Advocating for older adults' rights : understanding how users' committees in the Quebec's social health network cope with situations of mistreatment against older adults that are brought to their attention.


  • Annual research fellowship from the Research Chair on Mistreatment of Older Adults (2012-2016): $ 2 6055, 80$
  • Additional post-graduate fellowship on developing partnership on Social Participation: From Knowledge to Action (2016): $3750
  • FRQSC Doctoral Research Award (2013-2015) $46 666
  • FMSS Institutional Excellence Scholarship (Host scholarship-graduate studies) (2012): $4000; (pairing with CDRV) (2012): $4000
  • Support fellowship for the dissemination of research results of the Research Chair on Mistreatment of Older Adults (2013-2016): $3400
  • Communication support fellowship from the CDRV (2015-2016): $750
  • Fellowship promoting students’ work from the Faculty of Literature and Human Sciences (2014 to 2015): $750

And several others (including the ones awarded by the Quebec Network for Research on Aging)


Start date of PhD: January 2012; expected to end PhD in spring 2017


Objective 3: Producing a program of evaluative research regarding prevention, detection and follow-up practices against mistreatment of older adults;


Functions of Users’ Committees (UCs), in Quebec’s health and social services institutions, are assigned by the Act Respecting Health Services and Social Services. These functions are consistent with practices regarding the advocacy of older adults’ rights (Beaulieu, Bédard et Blain, 2015). They also allow to counter mistreatment of older adults in these settings (by receiving the dissatisfactions expressed by older users or their close relatives and reporting them to the relevant authorities) (Bédard et Beaulieu, 2015). This study aims to understand how situations of mistreatment toward older users are dealt with by UCs and their power to act in these settings.


The purpose of this multiple case study is to describe and understand how the users' committees (UCs) in Quebec's social-health network cope with situations of mistreatment against older adults that are brought to their attention.


Research goals are:

  1. Carry out a descriptive and critical inventory regarding situations of mistreatment of older adults that are brought to the UCs’ attention.
  2. Document each of the steps when taking into account these situations, until the committee’s action ends.
  3. Establish the scope and the limits of UCs’ actions and propose alternative ways of enhancing them.


Three UCs were followed during one year (April 2014 to April 2015) during which different methods of data collection, including 94 hours of observations of committee meetings, six interviews with their presidents, four interviews of the committees’ detailed work with their members and documentary analysis, have allowed us to document the way they are dealing with situation of mistreatment of older adults. The analysis of data content, performed with the N’Vivo software, has enabled us to meet the research objectives as well as to highlight the differences and similarities between the committees.


I submitted the first draft of my thesis to my research co-directors in 2016. Then, the corrections of the document, the first submission and the thesis defense will follow. 


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