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Technology and health care for the elderly medical research studies

Focus on strategic priorities that have significant social impact.

SIG 2014F-31

Care of frail, acutely ill older persons: Making health care work like a system

The results from this study will identify those individuals at higher risk of requiring an acute hospitalization, predict the need for nursing home resources after an acute episode of hospitalization and define the added value of a standardized geriatric assessment to predict outcomes after an acute care hospitalization.

Research Results

Project findings and information will be updated on a continual basis.

About the Project

This project aims to better understand the trajectory of care (what makes older persons vulnerable and what are risk factors for them ending up in hospital and intensive care units) and once admitted, what determines their long term function and how they recover from acute illness. We will then develop several strategies to provide evidence-informed information for nursing home, home care and hospital professionals to assist them in discussing treatment choices and plans of care for frail older persons.  The many studies in this program of research aim to develop and conduct early feasibility studies of information tools kits, with electronic platforms to make them easy to use, with up-to-date information at the point-of-care.

This research will also provide all of the foundational elements to initiate widespread implementation and evaluation of decision support tools. These tools will be designed to provide health professionals with useful information about the patient’s trajectory in order to facilitate evidence-informed discussions with families or patients while in nursing homes or once they arrive in the acute care setting.

Project Team

Principal Investigators:

Paul Hébert, MD -- Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM)

John Hirdes, PhD -- University of Waterloo


Andre Amaral, MD -- Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Sean Bagshaw, MD, MSc, FRCPC -- University of Calgary

Andrew Costa, PhD -- McMaster University

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

Joon Lee, PhD, BASc -- University of Waterloo

Fahad Razak, MD -- University of Toronto

Henry Stelfox, BMSc, MD, PhD -- University of Calgary

Amol Verma, MD -- University of Toronto

Knowledge Users and Partners:

Assessment & Intelligence Systems, Inc.

BlackBerry Limited

Canada Institute for Health Information (CIHI)

Project Contact: Paul Hébert --

SIG 2014F-31