Bavarian outpatient Covid-19-Monitor (BaCoM)
Physical and psychological impact of the Covid 19 pandemic on people in need of care, and impact on their carers, family carers and GPs
After almost a year since the start of the global Covid 19 pandemic, it is clear that people in need of care, their carers and their family carers are particularly affected by the disease itself, but also by the measures adopted. But what helps to take good care of these people in need of care, both physically and emotionally? And what do their carers, family carers and family doctors need? That is what we want to find out in a Bavaria-wide study:
The "Bavarian outpatient Covid-19-Monitor" was initiated to map the living situation of citizens in need of care during the Covid-19 pandemic. It is a prospective register study led by the Institute of General Medicine at LMU and supported by an interdisciplinary team of experts from sociology, infectiology and nursing sciences from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg and the Catholic Foundation University Munich.
Within the framework of the study, up to 1500 citizens with support needs in everyday activities (e.g. household, medication, mobility) or care level I to V from home or inpatient care with a positive Covid-19 PCR test will be interviewed and examined on the physical and psychological consequences of their disease. For comparison, 500 citizens with support needs or corresponding care levels but negative test results are also examined.
In addition, the caregivers, relatives and family doctors caring for those affected will be interviewed about their experiences, limitations and problems during the pandemic. In addition, the structural conditions in the respective care facilities and households will be researched.
The study is designed for a period of three years with biannual follow-up surveys, in order to be able to map the long-term effects of the Covid-19 pandemic well for all actors.
Finally, the results will be discussed at regular intervals and on their basis concrete findings and suggestions for improvements in care will be made available to the public in Bavaria.
For those interested in participating
The prerequisite for participation is a proven infection with Sars-CoV-2 and an existing need for care. You are also welcome to register as a relative or caregiver.