Quality of Life During COVID-19: Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Direct Support Professionals   [open html - 0B]

From the Abstract: "People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (PWIDD) and the direct support professionals (DSPs) who support them have faced unique risks throughout the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic. We used a rapid mixed methods approach to understand how COVID-19 has impacted overall quality of life (QoL) among these populations. We quantitatively assessed changes in QoL among a sample of PWIDD and DSPs (n = 137) using a retrospective pretesting approach. We then conducted a rapid qualitative inquiry study with a sample of survey respondents (n = 12) to gain deeper perspective. Findings suggested that participants experienced significant decreases (p < .001) in all four measured domains of QoL. Participants qualitatively described that decreases in QoL were influenced primarily by reduced socialization and impacts on health and independence; however, participants also described the ways their interactions and mutual support for each other helped to preserve some aspects of QoL. Participants described numerous ways race and racism contributed to their COVID-19 experiences, and offered descriptions of resources they benefited from, and those they lacked, during this time. Study findings have the potential to inform development of policies and best practices that support PWIDD and DSPs during and following similar infectious disease emergencies."

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QR 308; Quick Response Report 308
University of Colorado Boulder Natural Hazards Center
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Natural Hazards Center: https://hazards.colorado.edu/
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