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The Invisible Workforce: Exploring the Roles & Significance of Health Support Workers in Caring..

Title: The Invisible Workforce: Exploring the Roles & Significance of Health Support Workers in Caring for Older Canadians

Funding Amount: $488,552.41

Duration: 2014– 2017

Principal Investigators: Whitney Berta, Audrey Laporte

Co-Investigators: Andrea Baumann, Ivy Bourgeault, Lisa Anne Cranley, Raisa Deber, Brenda Gamble, Liane Ginsburg, Janet Lum

Abstract: The overaching aim of our study is to improve our understanding of the role and significance of health support workers (health care aides, and personal support workers) in caring for older Canadians in both the home and community care, and long-term care, settings. Our study responds to calls for research that address the sustainability of health care and health human resources and is the first phase of a large pan-Canadian program of research that will seek to uncover critical factors about unregulated caregivers, including HSWs that comprise Canada’s “invisible workforce”, and the criticality of the role that they play in sustaining that part of the health care system that relates to caring fro frail seniors.

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Health Canadacihr logo1This initiative has been generously funded by grants from Health Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of the funders.