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 Findings: At 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 Findings: Improving 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
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
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 -- email@example.com
Key words: primary care; older adults; mixed methods; care coordination; patient engagement; health technology; frailty; shared decision-making