Costs of conducting research in care homes

When developing a study, it is important to consider which activities will be eligible for NHS Clinical Network Service Support, and which will require research funding from another source.

Written by on Saturday March 21, 2015
Section: Research Community

Ethics, research governance and consent

All research undertaken in care homes must be approved by an ethics committee and meet the legal requirements outlined in the Mental Capacity Act 2005. It is also important to consider aspects such as research management and governance permissions, insurance and support requirements. Ethics can be complex and researcher might receive conflicting advice. There is currently little national guidance on how this can be applied in the care home sector therefore it is important to find out what is required locally for small scale studies as this may be different than for national multi-centre sites.

Written by on Thursday March 19, 2015
Section: Research Community

Approaches to care

The ownership, size and range of services provided affect the organisation of a care home. It would be unwise to think that all the care homes are the same in culture and ideology. For example, a faith based care home may engage in conversations about dying and end-of-life in a different way to care homes that have intermittent contact with faith groups.

Written by on Thursday March 19, 2015
Section: Research Community

Preparing research studies

It is important that researchers preparing research studies take time to properly understand the care home sector.

There is considerable variation between individual care homes in terms of organisational culture, management and delivery of care. Researchers are advised to spend time understanding the care home sector, how it works and the challenges it faces. This will ensure that appropriate consideration can be made when discussing support for studies.

Researchers should consider how these differences can be accommodated and how study delivery can be integrated into normal care and activities as well as how the setting and differences could influence research findings. The advice below will help researchers achieve this.

Written by on Thursday March 19, 2015
Section: Research Community

Benefits of care home research

Research in care homes should always have some benefit for those taking part even if the findings will only be useful for future residents and care home staff. It is very important that when approaching the care homes and building relationships that you properly articulate what you would like to achieve through your research, and focus on how it may benefit residents currently or in the future.

Written by on Thursday March 19, 2015
Section: Research Community