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Help set research priorities on frailty

Research is vital to finding better ways to improve the health and quality of life for people living with frailty. This study, the Canadian Frailty Priority Setting Partnership, aims to identify priority areas for Canadian researchers and research funding organizations.

To do this, the study is asking Canadians what they believe are the important questions related to care, support and treatment for frail older adults. The research questions identified by you and others completing this questionnaire will be prioritized to produce the “top ten” Canadian frailty research priorities. This study follows the methods of the James Lind Alliance, a non-profit organization based in England

Your participation is extremely important; by participating in this study, you can help inform future research priorities for the Canadian Frailty Network (CFN). The research priorities identified in this study will also be shared with researchers and other research funding organizations so that they can address what matters most to Canadians affected by frailty.

Who can participate in this study?

The study would like to hear from:

  • Older adults who are concerned about frailty
  • Friends, family and caregivers of frail older adults
  • Health and social care providers (e.g., doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, personal support workers, pharmacists, social workers, etc.) who work with frail older adults and/or can advocate for them

But you must live in Canada to take part.

How do I participate?

Please complete the questionnaire and submit the questions about frailty that you would like to see answered through research.

The questionnaire is available here – click here to complete online  or here to download  (to complete in paper format), in English and French.

Who is leading this study?

The team responsible for carrying out this study is based at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – University Health Network and the University of Toronto. The study is overseen by a Steering Group made up of people affected by frailty, either personally or through their work.

How is the Canadian Frailty Network involved?

This study is funded by the Canadian Frailty Network. The Canadian Frailty Network is also represented on the Steering Group and is also one of the partner organizations in the study, helping to promote the study with Canadians from across the country.

How can I get more information?

To find out more, contact a member of the study team by telephone, email or in writing:

Dr. Jennifer Bethell

Toronto Rehabilitation Institute -

University Health Network

Bickle Centre (Research)

130 Dunn Ave

Toronto, ON M6K 2R8


Tel: (416) 597-3422 ext. 2158

Dr. Katherine McGilton

Toronto Rehabilitation Institute -

University Health Network

Bickle Centre (Research)

130 Dunn Ave

Toronto, ON M6K 2R8


Tel: (416) 597-3422 ext. 2500

Dr. Martine Puts

Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto
155 College Street
Toronto, ON M5T 1P8

(416) 978-6059


Tel: (416) 978-6059

 Steering group membership

  • Melissa Andrew, Geriatrician, Dalhousie University
  • Patricia Ayala, Information specialist, University of Toronto 
  • Howard Bergman, Family physician, McGill University            
  • Andrew Choate
  • Barry Clarke, Medical Director, Continuing Care, Nova Scotia Health Authority
  • Carlo DeAngelis, Pharmacist, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre    
  • Jacobi Elliott, University of Waterloo and Citizen Engagement Committee, Canadian Frailty Network
  • Marg Fitch, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre        and University of Toronto
  • Chris Frank, Family physician, Queen’s University
  • Kathryn Hominick, Clinical Social Worker Geriatrics, Nova Scotia Health Authority
  • Margaret Keatings
  • Janet McElhaney, Geriatrician, Health Sciences North
  • Sandra McKay, VHA Home Healthcare                                           
  • Eric Pitters
  • Jenny Ploeg, McMaster University
  • Souraya Sidani,Ryerson University

Partner organizations

Alberta Continuing Care Association

The Arthritis Society

BC Care Providers Association

Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry

Canadian Association for Rural & Remote Nursing

Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses

Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists

Canadian Association of Social Workers

The Canadian Cancer Survivor Network

Canadian Geriatrics Society

Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association

The Canadian Orthopedic Foundation

Canadian Society of Consultant Pharmacists

Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists

Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians

Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists

Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association

Clinical Nurse Specialist Association of Canada

Community Care Access Centre (CCAC)-Central East

Community Care Access Centre (CCAC)-Central West

Community Care Access Centre (CCAC)-Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant

Community Health Nurses of Canada

Denominational Health Association

Geriatric Education & Research in Aging Sciences (GERAS)

GTA Rehab Network

Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada

Hypertension Canada

The Kidney Foundation of Canada

Lung Association

National Association of Federal Retirees

National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE)

New Brunswick Association of Nursing Homes

The North East Specialized Geriatric Centre

Ontario Long Term Care Association

Ontario Respiratory Care Society

Public Health Physicians of Canada

Speech-Language and Audiology Canada

The 519 Church Street Community Centre

The College of Family Physicians of Canada