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Understanding and managing the effects of COVID-19 restricted visitation policies on the families and healthcare providers of critically ill patients

Principal Investigator(s):

Kirsten Fiest

Status: Enrolment Complete

Flexible visitation policies in hospitals are an important component of care that contributes to reduced stress and increased satisfaction among patients and their family members. Early evidence suggests restricted visitation policies enacted in hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic are having unintended consequences on patients, family members and healthcare providers. There is a need for a comprehensive summary of the impacts of restricted visitation policies on key stakeholders and approaches to mitigate that impact.

View publication Impact of restricted visitation policies in hospitals on patients, family members and healthcare providers during the COVID-19 pandemic: a scoping review protocol


Karla Krewulak

Participating Centres:

Pan-Canadian study


Principal Applicants Nadine Foster Bonnie Sept Dr. Parsons Leigh Dr. Thomas Stelfox Co-Investigators Dr. Sofia Ahmed Dr. Sean Bagshaw Dr. Tavish Barnes Dr. Christopher Doig Dr. Deborah Cook Dr. Robert Fowler Dr. Fox-Robichaud Dr. Maia Kredentser Dr. Karla Krewulak Dr. Srinivas Murthy Dr. Daniel Niven Dr. Kendiss Olafson Dr. Scott Patten Dr. Ken Parhar Dr. Andrea Soo Ms. Krista Spence Dr. Sean Spence Dr. Sharon Straus Dr. Bram Rochwerg Dr. Andrew West