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Videos featuring the research of Dr. Roberta Woodgate, Professor of Nursing at the University of Manitoba and CIHR Applied Chair in Repro...
Videos featuring the research of Dr. Roberta Woodgate, Professor of Nursing at the University of Manitoba and CIHR Applied Chair in Reproductive, Child and Youth Health Services and Policy Research.

If You Only Knew...The Voices of Families of Children with Complex Care Needs

Children with complex care needs are those with chronic physical and/or developmental disabilities who require multiple health and related services. They are a vulnerable and growing population, with UNICEF’s 2013 State of the World’s Children Report referring to them as among the most “invisible and marginalized.” Children with complex care needs often have poor health outcomes and evidence suggests that these poor outcomes are in part linked to a poor understanding of their health needs.

In her research project “Changing geographies of care: Using therapeutic landscapes as a framework to understand how families with medically complex children participate in communities,” Dr. Roberta L. Woodgate and her team worked with families to gain a more in-depth understanding of their needs. Funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, this project involved young people with complex care needs and their families sharing their experiences through interviews and taking photographs. Families in the study shared that it was important for the general public to hear more about their experiences, with the films shared here the result. Each of the films represents a specific theme emerging from the study. We are grateful to all the families who participated in the research project, especially to those who shared their stories for the films.

For more information, please contact Dr. Roberta L. Woodgate at Roberta.woodgate@umanitoba.ca.
Children with complex care needs are those with chronic physical and/or developmental disabilities who require multiple health and related services. They are a vulnerable and growing population, with UNICEF’s 2013 State of the World’s Children Rep...
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