Entscheidungen treffen in Pandemiezeiten: Eine qualitative Studie zu Perspektiven von Leitungspersonen der stationären Langzeitpflege

Translated title of the contribution: Making decisions in times of a pandemic: A qualitative study on perspectives of managers of long-term care facilities

A. Bieber*, A. Dammermann, M. N. Dichter, C. Dinand, A. Eich-Krohm, S. Freytag, R. Möhler, M. Sander, R. Thalhammer, S. Fleischer

*Corresponding author for this work

Abstract

Background: In the spring of 2020 during the first wave of the pandemic an above-average number of residents and staff in nursing homes fell ill and accounted for the highest number of incidences. Due to the pandemic, managers in nursing homes had to make new decisions on a daily basis as well as interpret and integrate decisions made by higher level authorities. Aim of the study: The aim was to describe the decisions that had to be made by the managers of nursing homes in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and related consequences. Material and methods: A qualitative multicentre cross-sectional design was chosen. Data collection was conducted with semi-structured telephone interviews. The recorded audio data were transcribed, analyzed using the framework analysis method and reflected in peer debriefings. Results: A total of 78 interviews were conducted in 43 nursing homes and 3 main themes with 10 subthemes emerged: decisions about social participation, decisions on quarantine and isolation and staff adjustments. Discussion: Clearer information and directives for the implementation of measures are needed, e.g. through standardized guidelines nationwide. Additionally, public health departments should play a stronger and more responsible role in a pandemic situation. The consequences of their decisions were hardly foreseeable for the managers and were marked by uncertainty. Responsibilities for and consequences of pandemic-related decisions should be further evaluated to empower managers in times of crises.

Translated title of the contributionMaking decisions in times of a pandemic: A qualitative study on perspectives of managers of long-term care facilities
Original languageGerman
JournalZeitschrift fur Gerontologie und Geriatrie
Volume55
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)143-149
Number of pages7
ISSN0948-6704
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 03.2022

Research Areas and Centers

  • Research Area: Center for Population Medicine and Public Health (ZBV)

Coronavirus related work

  • Research on SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19

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