People in need of care, caregivers and family caregivers are particularly affected by COVID-19 and the measures to contain the pandemic. But what helps to provide good care for these people in need of care? And what do their caregivers, family caregivers and primary care physicians need? That's what we want to find out in a Bavaria-wide study.
The "Bavarian Ambulatory Covid-19 Monitor" (BaCoM) was initiated to map the living situation of citizens in need of care during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Bavarian State Ministry of Health and Care is providing 3.4 million euros for this purpose. It is a prospective registry study led by the Institute of General Medicine at LMU Munich and supported by an interdisciplinary team of experts from sociology, infectiology and nursing sciences at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg and the Catholic Foundation University of Munich.
As part of the study, up to 1,500 citizens in need of care from home or inpatient care will be interviewed and examined on the physical and psychological consequences of a COVID disease. Similarly, 500 citizens in need of care without COVID disease will be examined. In addition, caregivers, family members, and primary care physicians will be interviewed about their experiences and problems during the pandemic. The study is scheduled to run for a period of three years with biannual follow-up surveys.
The results are to form the basis for concrete findings and proposals for improving the situation of people in need of care and caregivers.