The study brings together researchers, community living organizations, and healthcare providers to examine the implementation of healthcare policy into practice. In BC, Health Services for Community Living (HSCL) is a provincial policy, introduced following the closure of institutions for adults with ID, which specifically addresses the healthcare needs of this population. The aim of this study is to increase understanding of potential policy-practice gaps in the implementation of HSCL and other relevant policies. Data has been collected through policy analysis, focus groups, and key informant interviews with over 125 people from throughout the province. Data analysis is currently underway and findings will generate new knowledge about healthcare for aging adults with ID and will lead to recommendations for policy and service renewal in this area.
Investigators: Jennifer Baumbusch, Rachelle Hole, Nancy Jokinen, Tim Stainton