In a new research project, Professor Wayne Martin (director of the Essex Autonomy Project) and Professor Sabine Michalowski (from the School of Law) will investigate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on respect for human rights in care homes. The overarching aim of the project is to improve the protection of human rights in care homes, using the impact of Covid-19 as a case study.
The research team will gather and analyse information on the experiences of care sector professionals during the pandemic, asking about reported practices such as the use of restrictions on the movements of residents, the use of “Do Not Attempt Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation” orders, or decisions to restrict transfer of unwell patients to acute-care hospital facilities.
This information will be analysed and used to help both care professionals and policy makers protect human rights in care homes: a training programme aimed at frontline workers will be developed, and research findings will be widely disseminated in the form of podcasts, blog posts, webinars, research papers, and reports.
The research project is funded by AHRC under the UKRI COVID-19 Rapid Response funding scheme.