Research Reflections: Student Experiences of a Systematic Literature Review on Social Care Strategies for Older Adults During the COVID-19 Pandemic


  • Beverly Michel Baluyot MacEwan University
  • Elaine Tran MacEwan University


There is currently no research that synthesizes, analyzes, and evaluates studies that looked into social care strategies in geriatric residential care settings in Canada. Funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), this systematic review aims to examine emerging evidence on social care strategies in residential care since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The study will identify current research gaps to provide recommendations for social workers and other professionals on future directions for social care for older adults, living in residential care settings. Conducting a systematic review requires time management, teamwork, and effective communication skills. Systematic reviews also follow a distinct and rigorous process. The presentation will focus on our experiences and learning as undergraduate research assistants in conducting a systematic literature review. We will also provide a status report of the research progress since August 2021.

School of Social Work

Faculty Mentors: Dr. Anna Azulai, Dr. Hongmei Tong and Alison Pitcher