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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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Transforming primary health care for frail elderly Canadians

Better screening and coordination processes, stronger engagement of patients in their care, and use of health technology will result in better care experiences and better health outcomes.

Possible Research Results

Anticipated FindingsAt the end of this project, we will have evidence-informed strategies for improving primary care practices for older adults. This will include processes for screening, technology developments for coordinating care, and strategies for engagement and shared decision-making.

Impact of FindingsImproving the health of older Canadians means identifying health problems early and providing appropriate supports. It means helping health care providers actively engage older adults and their family caregivers. Older adults want to make informed choices about their health, based on their personal values, preferences and goals, and informed by available evidence. 

About the Project

Older Canadians are high users of health care services. Older adults look to their primary care practitioners to assess their needs and coordinate their care. Unfortunately, the health concerns of older adults are often missed in short office visits.  As a result, older adults may have health problems that are not properly diagnosed, managed or treated. This may result in poorer health, emergency department visits and hospital stays. 

We will work with health care providers in primary care, health care decision-makers, older adults, and family members throughout the project. We will work with our International Advisory Committee to learn from and share findings. We will work with older adults and caregivers throughout the project. This will include members of our Seniors Helping as Research Partners (SHARP) group. This work can inform future changes to primary care practices in Canada

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

Project Team

Principal Investigators:

Paul Stolee, PhD -- University of Waterloo

Anik Giguere, PhD -- Université Laval

Sara Mallinson, PhD -- University of Calgary

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

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

Co-Investigators: 

Veronique Boscart, PhD -- Conestoga College

Andrew Costa, PhD -- McMaster University

Jacobi Elliot, PhD -- University of Waterloo

Dorothy Forbes, PhD -- University of Alberta

Heather Hanson, PhD -- Alberta Health Services

George Heckman, MD -- University of Waterloo 

Jayna Holroyd-Leduc, PhD -- University of Calgary

Ayse Kuspinar, PhD -- University of Waterloo

Samantha Meyer, PhD -- University of Waterloo 

Josephine McMurray, PhD -- Wilfrid Laurier University

Olga Theou, PhD -- Dalhousie University

Holly Witteman, PhD -- Université Laval

Mohammad Hajizadeh, PhD -- Dalhousie University

Wanrudee Isaranuwatchai, PhD -- University of Toronto

G. Ross Baker, PhD -- University of Toronto

Kerry Byrne, PhD -- University of Waterloo

Justine Giosa, MSc -- University of Waterloo

Project Contact: Dr. Paul Stolee -- stolee@waterloo.ca

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Key words: primary care; older adults; mixed methods; care coordination; patient engagement; health technology; frailty; shared decision-making