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Understanding Resident-to-Resident Interactions (URRI) in Ontario Long Term Care

Despite projections that over half a million Canadians will require Long Term Care by 2031, there is a lack of research on resident-to-resident interactions in Ontario long-term care homes and how these contribute to community well-being. We are interested in learning about residents, staff and overall home experiences. We want to hear from you about best practices in fostering a sense of community and well-being and what challenges have persisted in creating safe environments, and what kinds of supports are needed in long term care settings. 

The focus of our multi-year Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)-funded confidential study “Understanding Resident-to-Resident Interactions in Long-Term Care” (URRI) is to assess the scope of interactions in long-term care settings and what different types of interactions take place for a sense of connection or disconnection and ultimately develop evidence-based tools to aid in community well-being.  

Our goal is to provide practical and accessible tools and free training to homes, residents, and staff using the results of the study. We also aim to inform policy discussions at the provincial and federal level.  

An international research team composed of experts from the fields of Social Work, Psychology, Nursing, and Medicine will work with partner organizations and caregivers invested in resident advocacy on this project. 

If you are an Ontario long-term care nursing staff member, resident, or caregiver and are interested in joining our advisory committee, please contact us. The advisory board meets quarterly or more frequently as needed. 

To participate in our study as a nursing staff or resident or for more information, please click here to contact us. If you are already enrolled and wish to fill out an accessible online consent form, please click here.


Understanding Resident-to-Resident Interactions (URRI)
in Ontario Long Term Care

Inwentash Faculty of Social Work

University of Toronto, 246 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1V4 | 416-978-1324