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Choosing Healthcare Options by Involving Canada’s Elderly: The CHOICE Knowledge Synthesis Project

Through a realist synthesis the project team will learn from other patient and citizen engagement initiatives, from previous research and most importantly, from seniors, families and caregivers themselves.

Research Results

Findings: The initial search generated over 15,689 articles; of these, 652 were pertinent to health care decision-making, and 546 were identified as relevant for research and planning and were retained for further review. Communication came forward as a key recommendation for meaningful open honest and trusting engagement with patients/participants. We have developed guidelines and recommendations for creating productive partnerships in both healthcare decision-making and research/planning.

Impact of findings: The frameworks developed provide guidance for engaging seniors in clinical decision-making and in health research and planning, which can improve the care of this population. Framework for engaging older adults in clinical decision-making encompasses strong interactions between patients, social support networks and providers promote seamless coordination of care, access to services and continuity of care to occur across the complex system. Framework for engaging older adults in healthcare research and planning encompasses the development of a relationship between all stakeholders and system level (environment) considerations are essential to capture the breadth of the contextual influence before planning any engagement opportunity.

Publications, presentations and webinars

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Policy        Families        Researchers

About the Project

The Choosing Healthcare Options by Involving Canada’s Elderly (CHOICE) Knowledge Synthesis Project addresses this issue by synthesizing current knowledge on patient, family and caregiver engagement to develop best practice guidelines and recommendations for engaging older patients and their families and caregivers in health care research, planning and clinical decision making.

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

Project Team

Principal Investigator:

Paul Stolee, PhD, MSc, MPA, BA -- University of Waterloo


Veronique Boscart, RN, MScN, MEd, PhD -- Conestoga College

George Heckman, MD, MSc, FRCPC -- University of Waterloo

Knowledge Users and Partners:

Mireille Brosseau, MA -- Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI)

Sholom Glouberman, PhD -- Patients Canada

Maria Judd, MSE -- Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI)

Project Contact: Dr. Paul Stolee --

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Key words: health care; decision making; public; engagement