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Thank you for your interest in the Awe & Compassion in Healthcare study.

Residents and their families see compassionate care as an important part of their experience in residential care. We are conducting a study to understand how experiences of awe and wonder relate to the compassion healthcare providers extend to residents in their care. The goal of this study is to develop a theory of this relationship that will 1) uncover opportunities to enhance compassion in staff-resident interactions; and  2) improve the quality of life for those working and living in residential care.

The purpose of the study is to understand the relationship between experiences of awe/wonder and compassionate care provided by healthcare providers for residents they care for.

If you volunteer to participate in this study, the researcher will ask you to do the following:

  • Participate in a 60-minute one-to-one interview that will be audio recorded. This interview can be in-person in a private space at the study site where you work or via video conference via a password protected platform.

  • Answer some demographic questions such as your age, how long you have worked in residential care and what your role is.

  • Describe your experiences of awe and wonder.

  • Describe your experiences of compassion in your interactions with the residents you care for.

Taking part in this study is your choice. You can choose whether or not you want to participate. Whatever decision you make, there will be no penalty to you.

  • You have a right to have all of your questions answered before deciding whether to take part.

  • Your decision will not affect your employment.

  • If you decide to take part, you may leave the study at any time.

For more information on the study, you can contact the researcher, Daranne Harris, at 587-777-4916 or via email at

If you are interested in participating in the study, you can submit your contact information through this secure and confidential link, and Daranne will be in contact with you.

This study has been approved by the Conjoint Health Research Ethics Board at the University of Calgary, REB21-1178.

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