Caregivers Alberta relies on high-quality research to inform how we support and empower caregivers. You can help be a part of this – by participating in research, you can help influence the future of caregiver support in our province.

Current Research Opportunities

Survey on Double-Duty Caregivers

A double-duty caregiver is a  health-care worker who also provides care outside of work to a family member or friend who is ill, disabled or frail. Juggling care at work and at home can be very stressful. Dr. Jasneet Parmar, a professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Alberta, and her research team want to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic and double-duty caregiving has impacted Canadian health-care providers’ caregiving and work experiences.

We think that double-duty caregiving in COVID-19 may have had a significant impact on double-duty caregivers’ health and well-being. A small, mixed-methods study involved a survey for employers (n=29) and interviews with double-duty caregivers (n=16) found that health-care providers who work in health care and also care for an ill, frail or disabled family member or friend at home without pay are:

  1. Experiencing an increased care load, working greater hours, and have increased fears of safety, resulting in physical and emotional strain
  2. Unable to access support networks and services that supported their care tasks due to COVID-19, resulting in double-duty caregivers’ high care-load, stress level and burnout.

Link to Research Brief

Dr. Jasneet  Parmar and her team from the University of Alberta are inviting all Canadian health-care providers who are also family caregivers to complete a survey on the secure REDCap survey platform. It will take you about 20 minutes to complete. The link to the survey is https://redcap.ualberta.ca/surveys/?s=JTPYHL9DFY3EWXEN.

Dr. Parmar and her team are using validated scales – Double-Duty Caregiving Scale, DeJong-Gierveld Loneliness Scale, and The Six-Item State Anxiety Scale (a validated short-form of the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory), which will allow them to compare results of this study after two years of the COVID-19 pandemic with pre-pandemic results on the same scales. The study has been approved by the University of Alberta Health Research Ethics Board – Study Number: Pro00117700.

For more information or if you have questions, please contact Dr. Sharon Anderson sdanders@ualberta.ca or text  (780) 953-5541.

How has COVID-19 affected Alberta family caregivers?

Dr. Jasneet Parmar and her research team from the University of Alberta and University of Calgary are conducting a research study to determine how the current COVID-19 pandemic has impacted family caregivers in Alberta.

In the United Kingdom, the pandemic has increased family caregivers work by 10 hours per week. Dr. Parmar and her team would like to explore if the COVID-19 protocols have had a similar impact on family caregivers in Alberta and hopefully identify areas where we can learn from this experience and better inform pandemic planning in the future.

We invite you to complete this short survey about your experience during the COVID-19 pandemic. It should only take about 20 minutes to complete.

Western University Caregiving Survey

Western University is looking for volunteers to participate in a study about how caregivers use of digital technology to care for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia-related diseases. To participate in the study, individuals must be:

  • A family/friend caregiver to someone with Alzheimer’s Disease or a dementia-related disease
  • Provide a minimum of four hours of caregiving per week
  • 18 years of age or older

Supporting Family Caregivers of Persons Living with Dementia

If you are a family caregiver for an older person who’s living with dementia in a long-term care facility, we want to help. The University of Alberta is conducting a study to find out the best way to support family caregivers as they experience significant changes.

We are looking for participants who are family caregivers, age 18 and older, caring for a family member or friend age 65 and older, who has dementia and is living in long-term care. As a participant, you will be randomly selected into one of two ways of supporting caregivers. You’ll be asked to answer questions by phone in three different instances. You will be compensated with a $20 coffee gift card for your time.

To participate, call Hannah O’Rourke toll-free at 1-877-692-5909 or email care.support@ualberta.ca.