Marie Beaulieu (Ph.D.), University of Sherbrooke.
CHAIR PERSONNEL INVOLVED IN THE PROJECT:
Julien Cadieux Genesse, Research Chair Coordinator (2018-2022)
Anabelle Rondeau-Leclaire, research agent
FUNDING AGENCY AND GRANT AMOUNT:
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) – Partnership Engage Program: $24,980
PROJECT COMPLETION DATES:
Autumn 2020 to autumn 2022
ROLE OF CHAIR IN THE PROJECT:
Leader of the project in collaboration with:
- Le Grand Rassemblement des Aînés de Vaudreuil et Soulanges (G.R.A.V.E.S)
A meta-analysis of the prevalence of older adult mistreatment on a global scale underlines the importance of acting to counter this social issue. Almost one older adult (60 years and over) in six had experienced mistreatment in the year preceding the data collection.
To formalize the actions to counter mistreatment, the Quebec Government established a Government Action Plan (2017-2022) containing 52 measures grouped under 11 objectives. One of these objectives is to ‘support the development and implementation of intersectoral agreements or other intervention or consultation mechanisms that seek to aid or support mistreated older adults and various intervenors.’ (free translation)
With this objective, the Grand Rassemblement des Aînés de Vaudreuil et Soulanges (G.R.A.V.E.S.) and the two, local intersectional issue tables serving older adults began, in 2016, to document their individual activities in countering mistreatment in the territory serviced by the Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux de la Montérégie-Ouest – CISSSMO (Integrated Health and Social Services Center of Montérégie-West)
To advance their work with a research-action plan, they solicited the expertise of the Research Chair.
GOAL OF THE PROJECT OR RESEARCH QUESTION:
The Chair and G.R.A.V.E.S. mutually agreed that the goal of the project would be to produce two trajectories of local, intersectoral services to counter the mistreatment of older adults and develop a methodological approach that could be reproduced in the diverse regions serviced by a CISSS or CIUSSS.
The project will pursue the following objectives:
- Produce an overview of the internal practices (mission, activities, clientele, etc.) of the members of two local issue tables of groups engaged in actions to counter mistreatment within the CISSSMO Region;
- Produce a step-by-step assessment of the intersectoral practices (coordination of services, communication between organizations, etc.) of these two issue tables in countering mistreatment;
- Map the two trajectories of local intersectoral services;
- Produce a guide showing the approach in establishing the trajectories of local intersectoral services so that practices to counter mistreatment may be enriched.
Data collection will begin with four focus groups, two from each of the two Tables of participants. Each of these two Tables will then select representatives to participate in a semi-structured interview.
These information-collecting activities offer rich qualitative content allowing for the mapping of the two trajectories of local services, facilitating the production of a practice guide on intersectoral actions to counter mistreatment.
The researcher and partner commit to working with an approach of co-producing knowledge. The establishment of a monitoring committee, meeting at least once every eight weeks, will facilitate collaboration.
The University of Sherbrooke’s Faculté des Lettres et Sciences humaines research ethical committee gave the ethical permission for the data collection as of February 2020
Postponed because of the COVID-19 world pandemic that had a significant impact in Québec as early as March 2020, the first data collection using group interviews was carried out in the autumn of 2021.
The semi-directed interviews with the representatives of each Tables is planned for summer of 2022.