Education and Training for researchers and knowledge users
CFN has made Citizen Engagement a module within its unique Interdisciplinary Training Program and a requirement for all program participants. Dr. Jacobi Elliott, a CFN Interdisciplinary Fellow and member of the CFN Citizen Engagement Committee, worked with CFN to develop and deliver a presentation providing a broad overview of citizen engagement with a focus on frail older Canadians, in addition to a series of case studies. A similar module is also being developed for researchers and knowledge users involved in research and knowledge translation initiatives. CFN Interdisciplinary Fellows interact with a Patient or Family/Friend Caregiver Mentor during their fellowships, and recruitment and training materials are being delivered for mentors.
The Citizen Engagement Committee is also working on developing a set of guidelines for lay summaries. Resources in this area are currently quite limited, and the creation of these guidelines will aid in communicating research and other healthcare related material to a broader audience, thus helping engage citizens and the general public.
Research Priority Setting
CFN held a Research Priority Setting Process Competition in 2015-16 and awarded a directed services contract in an effort to determine patient-centred research priorities relating to healthcare of frail older Canadians. This will be done through a consultative process aligned with the James Lind Process that calls for equal input from the perspectives of frail older adults and their caregivers, as well as clinicians and allied health professionals. Dr. Katherine McGilton and Dr. Martine Puts from the University of Toronto are the project leads for this work. Results are expected in June of 2017.