DIGNITY IN CARE RESEARCH IN THE TIME OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
Principle Investigator: Dr. Harvey Max Chochinov OC OM MD PhD FRCPC FRSC
OUR RESEARCH STUDIES
Welcome to the University of Manitoba's Dignity in Care in the time of the COVID-19 Pandemic research page, led by Principle Investigator Dr. Harvey Max Chochinov. This program of research was created based on the COVID-19 global pandemic not only changing the way we live, but also changing the way we die.
Because of the nature of this virus, care for patients dying of any cause within institutional settings has been distorted in ways previously unimaginable. If the first casualty of war is truth, for those nearing death, the first casualty of this pandemic is human dignity. Patients face the stark reality of dying alone. Families who have been barred visitation must forgo final goodbyes and community rituals of mourning. Healthcare providers are forced to engage in what some have called impoverished care, wherein human touch can only take place through layers of latex, eye contact through layers of goggles and plastic shields, and presence through layers of anxiety, caution and mortal fear.
This program of research works to address many issues that have been brought about as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are interested in learning more about our studies please scroll below and click on the study of interest. If you know which study you would like to enrol in, please click on the tab below to be taken to our Research page where you can then register.