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Technology and health care for the elderly medical research studies

Focus on strategic priorities that have significant social impact.

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Integrated eTechnology: Seniors Care for the 21st Century

This project will reduce seniors' visits to the hospital or emergency room, while the technology involved will help staff at healthcare centres to better care for the seniors.

Possible Research Results

Anticipated findingsWe think that because the nurses can respond quickly when the health of a senior changes, the seniors will get the care they need immediately, before the situation gets worse. This means that we can reduce visits to the hospital or emergency room. If we can show that the monitoring technology helps residents and their families, we will use the technology for a larger group.

Impact of findingsThis will change how health care staff look after residents and improve quality of care. This study will allow us to better understand the use of these types of monitoring technologies and thus improve ways to implement these technologies to other facilities. Ultimately, the monitoring technology can help to keep seniors in their homes longer and give family caregivers peace of mind, and thus delay their transition to long-term care.

About the Project

Technology can help older people to live more independently and to be safer. We will test and confirm new technology with seniors that live in a care centre. The technology will help staff to monitor seniors' health and care (such as blood pressure and medication taken), and will inform staff if a senior's health changes or is at risk. Nurses at the care centre can monitor all the information very quickly and can tell family members if a senior's health changes.

The project is new in two ways. First, we monitor a range of things such as blood pressure, activity and medication use, and all the data is stored in one electronic record. Second, nurses at the care centre can oversee the data around the clock, which means they can monitor any changes in a senior's health and functioning right away, allowing them to act very quickly and avoid delays in treatment.

For more details on the project rationale, hypothesis, objectives and research plan, click here.

Project Team

Principal Investigator:

Esther Suter, PhD, MSW -- University of Calgary


Pierre Boulanger, PhD -- University of Alberta

Siegrid Deutschlander, PhD -- Alberta Health Services

Janet McElhaney, PhD -- Advanced Medical Research Institute of Canada

Cheryl Sadowski, PhD -- University of Alberta

Knowledge Users and Partners:

Oliver Christenson -- Whitehorn Village Retirement Community

Carmen Grabusic, MA -- Alberta Health

Harvinder Johal, BSc -- Catalyst Healthcare Ltd.

Cindy Rota, LPN -- Whitehorn Village Retirement Community

Tracy Ruptash, BScOT -- Alberta Health Services

James Silvius, MD -- Alberta Health Services

Project Contact: Esther Suter --

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