The Quebec Observatory on Caregiving is a hub for the production and transfer of reliable, essential and relevant knowledge aimed at raising awareness and fostering a recognition of caregiving in order to better support all stakeholders.
Established in 2020 by the Act to recognize and support caregivers, the Observatory has been mandated to provide reliable and objective information on caregiving through observation, monitoring, analysis and knowledge sharing.
The Observatory assembles, produces and disseminates a wide range of accessible, user-friendly information to raise awareness, stimulate action, inform decision-making and fuel research aimed at improving the lives of caregivers.
Its development, coordination and administrative support has been entrusted to the CIUSSS West-Central Montreal by the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (MSSS).
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The mission of the Observatoire québécois de la proche aidance is to provide reliable and objective information regarding caregiving through observation, monitoring, analysis and knowledge sharing.
The Observatory informs the Minister by finding and reporting on current knowledge and trends — or those to be developed — concerning evaluation approaches and indicators to measure the quality of life, health and well-being of caregivers, and to measure the impact of the policy directions, measures and actions set out in the national policy for caregivers and the government action plan.
More specifically, the Observatory’s functions are
- to collect, integrate, compile, analyze and disseminate information, in particular of a statistical nature, on caregiving;
- to monitor the evolution of caregivers’ needs as well as effective and innovative practices, measures and actions, at the national and international levels, to support caregivers;
- to facilitate the transfer of knowledge for the benefit of the various stakeholders involved in caregiving; and
- to facilitate collaborations regarding caregiving, in particular with university institutions, research centres, other observatories or the government bodies participating in research activities or activities to promote clinical excellence and the efficient use of resources in health and social services.
The Observatory targets an intersectoral, multidisciplinary and cross-cutting audience composed of caregivers, non-governmental organizations, government bodies, the scientific community, the health and social services network and the general public.