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Transforming primary health care for frail elderly Canadians

This future project, with support from researchers, collaborators, health care providers and older adults from across Canada, will work to transform primary health care for frail elderly Canadians.

About the Project

Improving the health of older Canadians means identifying health problems early. It means providing timely support so that manageable concerns do not spiral out of control. And, above all, it means helping health care providers actively engage older patients and their family caregivers as partners in care. Patients want to make informed choices about their health and the care they receive, based on their personal values, preferences and goals, and informed by available evidence.

Nine primary care clinics in three provinces (Québec, Ontario, Alberta) will use a quick screening tool to identify older patients who are at risk of becoming frail. This will help initiate referral to health care or support services where necessary. Innovative technology will be used to streamline the referral process and help assist older adults in decision-making about their care.

The project team will work in partnership with a number of stakeholders including older adults, health care providers, health administrators and policy makers.

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

Project Team

Principal Investigators:

Paul Stolee, PhD -- University of Waterloo

Anik Giguère, PhD -- Université Laval

Sara Mallinson, PhD -- University of Calgary

Kenneth Rockwood, MD, FRCPC, FRCP -- Nova Scotia Health Authority

Joanie Sims-Gould, PhD, BSc, MSW -- University of British Columbia


G. Ross Baker, PhD -- University of Toronto

Veronique Boscart, PhD -- Conestoga College

Catherine Burns, PhD -- University of Waterloo

Kerry Byrne, PhD -- University of Waterloo

Andrew Costa, PhD -- McMaster University

Jacobi Elliott, PhD -- University of Waterloo

Dorothy Forbes, PhD -- University of Alberta

Justine Giosa, MSc -- University of Waterloo

Kelly Grindrod, PhD -- University of Waterloo

Mohammad Hajizadeh, PhD -- Dalhousie University

Heather Hanson, PhD -- Alberta Health Services

George Heckman, MD -- University of Waterloo

Jayna Holroyd-Leduc, PhD -- University of Calgary

Wanrudee Isaranuwatchai, PhD -- University of Toronto

Lucille Juneau -- CEVQ

Edeltraut Kröger, PhD -- CEVQ

Ayse Kuspinar, PhD -- University of Waterloo

Samantha Meyer, PhD -- University of Waterloo

Josephine McMurray, PhD -- Wilfrid Laurier University

Marie-Josée Sirois, PhD -- Université Laval

Olga Theou, PhD -- Dalhousie University

Holly Witteman, PhD -- Université Laval

Knowledge Users and Partners:

Céline Allard -- CIUSSS

Carol Anderson -- Continuing Care/Alberta Health Services

Carol Annett -- VHA Home Healthcare

Jacques Bouchard -- CIUSSS

Seigrid Deutschlander, PhD -- Alberta Health Services

Nancy Drouin -- CIUSSS

France Falardeau -- CIUSSS

Susie Gregg, OT -- CMHA

Sharon Harper -- Health Canada

David Harvey, MSc -- Alzheimer Society Ontario

Nadine Henningsen -- Canadian Home Care Association

Michael Hillmer, PhD -- Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

Kenneth LeClair, MD -- brainXchange

Christine Maika -- Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement

Duncan Robertson, MD -- Alberta Health Services

Project Contact: Dr. Paul Stolee --

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