"We are taking every precaution to do our part": a comparative analysis of nursing, palliative and hospice care facilities' websites during the COVID-19 pandemic

Olcer S, Idris M, Yilmaz-Aslan Y, Brzoska P (2021)
BMC health services research 21(1): 579.

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Olcer, Sabahat; Idris, Mohamed; Yilmaz-Aslan, YüceUniBi; Brzoska, Patrick
Abstract / Bemerkung
BACKGROUND: The COVID-19 pandemic has a significant impact on health care processes. Precautions such as restrictions imposed on visitors and social distancing have led to multiple challenges, particularly in terms of communication. Using the case of nursing, palliative and hospice care facilities in Germany and drawing on agenda-setting theory, the present study aims to shed light on how health care facilities use their websites to inform (potential) health care users about changes in regulations, new protective measures implemented and about recommendations in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.; METHODS: The websites of nursing, palliative and hospice care facilities in Germany were examined using qualitative document analysis and qualitative content analysis. A total of 138 websites was analysed in the study. The data gathered includes all information about COVID-19 on these websites published from the beginning of March until August 15, 2020.; RESULTS: Facilities show similarities in adhering to the measures taken by the authorities to restrict the spread of SARS-CoV-2 and to protect vulnerable patients and employees. All facilities urged the public to avoid paying visits to patients in facilities unless there was an emergency; however, visiting procedures in practice varied by types of facilities. For optimal communication, telephone and especially video calls were the options preferred by healthcare providers and health care users. Facilities made great efforts to prevent emotional stress and to strengthen resilience among all stakeholders. Transparency was adopted by many facilities in order to build the public's trust.; CONCLUSIONS: The agenda of health care facilities has been seriously affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The study sheds light on the strategies developed by facilities, their efforts to increase emotional resilience among health care staff and health care users, the ethical guidelines they have adopted regarding privacy policies as well as how these themes are communicated via the facilities' websites. The results can inform other health care facilities about how websites can be used as essential communication tools in times of public health crises.
Erscheinungsjahr
2021
Zeitschriftentitel
BMC health services research
Band
21
Ausgabe
1
Art.-Nr.
579
ISSN
1472-6963
Page URI
https://pub.uni-bielefeld.de/record/2955910

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Olcer S, Idris M, Yilmaz-Aslan Y, Brzoska P. "We are taking every precaution to do our part": a comparative analysis of nursing, palliative and hospice care facilities' websites during the COVID-19 pandemic. BMC health services research. 2021;21(1): 579.
Olcer, S., Idris, M., Yilmaz-Aslan, Y., & Brzoska, P. (2021). "We are taking every precaution to do our part": a comparative analysis of nursing, palliative and hospice care facilities' websites during the COVID-19 pandemic. BMC health services research, 21(1), 579. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12913-021-06586-y
Olcer, S., Idris, M., Yilmaz-Aslan, Y., and Brzoska, P. (2021). "We are taking every precaution to do our part": a comparative analysis of nursing, palliative and hospice care facilities' websites during the COVID-19 pandemic. BMC health services research 21:579.
Olcer, S., et al., 2021. "We are taking every precaution to do our part": a comparative analysis of nursing, palliative and hospice care facilities' websites during the COVID-19 pandemic. BMC health services research, 21(1): 579.
S. Olcer, et al., “"We are taking every precaution to do our part": a comparative analysis of nursing, palliative and hospice care facilities' websites during the COVID-19 pandemic”, BMC health services research, vol. 21, 2021, : 579.
Olcer, S., Idris, M., Yilmaz-Aslan, Y., Brzoska, P.: "We are taking every precaution to do our part": a comparative analysis of nursing, palliative and hospice care facilities' websites during the COVID-19 pandemic. BMC health services research. 21, : 579 (2021).
Olcer, Sabahat, Idris, Mohamed, Yilmaz-Aslan, Yüce, and Brzoska, Patrick. “"We are taking every precaution to do our part": a comparative analysis of nursing, palliative and hospice care facilities' websites during the COVID-19 pandemic”. BMC health services research 21.1 (2021): 579.

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