Since March 2020, we have faced an exceptional situation, the likes of which we have not seen in over 100 years. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused affected countries to contain the spread of the virus by requiring extraordinary isolation efforts from their populations. One-third of the world’s population (~3 billion people) has been living in some form of isolation or social distancing. And whether we like it or not, these preventive measures will have an impact on our psychological and social adaptation, our health and well-being.
Indeed, the psychological and social consequences (both positive and negative) of this pandemic will spare no one, particularly individuals whose present context puts them in a vulnerable situation and will persist long after the pandemic is resolved.
How are things in your home? Has the pandemic imposed significant family, work or economic stress on you? Or, on the contrary, has it allowed you to spend time with your family, discover a new passion or do some long-awaited work?
Ma vie et la pandémie au Québec (MAVIPAN) – My life and the pandemic in Quebec is a large-scale research project born of an unprecedented collective effort by Université Laval researchers working in the four research centers of the CIUSSS Capitale-Nationale, namely the:
- Centre interdisciplinaire de recherche en réadaptation et en intégration sociale (Cirris),
- Centre de recherche universitaire sur les jeunes et les familles (CRUJeF)
- CERVO Brain Research Centre
- VITAM Centre de recherche en santé durable (new name of the Centre de recherche sur les soins et les services de première ligne de l’Université Laval – CERSSPL-UL).
With this study, we seek to document and understand the experience, consequences and adaptation as the pandemic evolves among :
- individuals, families and communities
- actors in the health and social services network and service structures
- The social and professional organization of our Quebec society
Our goal is to transform the data we will collect into concrete actions aimed at minimizing the negative effects of the pandemic and improving the health and social services offered to the people of Québec.
Everyone’s experience, positive or negative, and even if it may seem ordinary, will make an essential contribution to the project. We wish to thank the participants of the project for their continued efforts in this project!