FAQs About Study Participation

What is the purpose of this study and who is funding it?

The purpose of this study is to learn more about patient care transitions and current infection prevention and control policies and processes in long-term care settings, as well as experiences of nursing home and home healthcare personnel throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The study is funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), as part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Who is conducting the study?

The study is conducted by Drs. Jingjing Shang and Patricia Stone (co-principal investigators) and other researchers from the Columbia University School of Nursing, in partnership with researchers from the RAND Corporation.

Which nursing homes and home health care agencies are eligible and how many will participate?

Facilities and agencies have been sampled based on geographic location and other facility and agency characteristics, such as CMS Star Ratings. We believe your facility or agency meets our eligibility criteria. Up to 10 nursing homes and 10 home health care agencies will be able to participate in this study.

What is involved in participation?

A member of our study team will conduct in-depth, telephone interviews with up to 3 different personnel from your facility or agency who have some knowledge about patient care and infection prevention and control policies and procedures. We aim to recruit the following personnel: infection preventionist/employee in charge of infection control, field RN, and nursing aide/home health aide.

We anticipate that each interview will last between 30 to 90 minutes. Each interview will be conducted one‐on‐one, and will be audiotaped for transcription purposes. While we will ask specific questions about patient care transitions and current infection prevention and control processes and policies at the facility/agency, we are primarily interested in the thoughts and experiences of personnel during the COVID-19 pandemic. All data will be confidential, and no facility/agency or individual will be identified in any report.

What are the benefits of participation?

While there is no direct benefit to your facility or agency, we understand you and your staff’s time is valuable. Therefore, we will provide an honorarium of $100 per participant (up to $300 per facility/agency) in the form of a gift card. This honorarium will be given either directly to the participants or to the facility/agency, based on institutional policy/preference.

Next steps and who should I contact if I have additional questions?

To discuss participation and confirm eligibility, we can schedule a short informational call at a time that is convenient for you. If your facility or agency is eligible to participate, we will ask you to identify up to 3 personnel. We will then schedule the telephone interviews at times that are convenient for those personnel. For further information, please contact the research team at: 833-8-ACROSS (833-822-7677) or nursing_across-care@cumc.columbia.edu.