WORKPLACE HARASSMENT IN HEALTH CARE
The 3-year study focuses on solutions to the harassment experienced by caregivers in their workplaces using a participatory action research design. The underlying hypothesis of this research is that the expressive arts can empower caregivers to develop new communicative norms, practices, and policies in their workplace. With background studies including a scoping literature review of harassment-focused interventions and a first-order operationalization of key concepts completed, now is the optimal time to build on these accomplishments and test the hypothesis on additional groups of caregivers.
The study’s three objectives are to:
- Conduct harassment-intervention workshops using participatory theatre with three groups of caregivers;
- Evaluate the impact of the workshops as a harassment-focused intervention across care settings and groups of caregivers; and
- Increase knowledge concerning harassment among caregivers, their professional associations and unions, and Occupational Health and Safety specialists.
Service Employees International Union-West; the Saskatchewan Association of Licenced Practical Nurses, the
Saskatchewan Union of Nurses; and the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association.
Elizabeth Quinlan (PI), Beth Bilson, Isobel Findlay & Ann-Marie Urban.. Canadian Institutes for Health Research Operating Grant. ($196,000). 2014-2017. (This proposal was ranked #1 and scored 4.64/5).