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Collaborations to improve care for older Canadians living with frailty and their families and caregivers

Recent CFN collaborations

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Canadian Frailty Network, in partnerships with the CIHR Institutes of Aging (IA), Circulatory and Respiratory Health (ICRH), Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (IMHA), and the Canadian Space Agency is funding an exciting new opportunity.

This funding opportunity will support multi-disciplinary collaborative research projects to help understand the health impacts of inactivity. While on space missions, astronauts experience reduced activity, combined with a weightless environment. These conditions can impact their health and wellbeing in a similar way to people who are inactive on earth.

The 2018 Understanding the Health Impact of Inactivity Funding Opportunity is live on ResearchNet. Applicants must register for the competition by July 24, 2018, with full applications due August 21, 2018. Click here for more details.

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CFN's most recent collaboration with the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI) is a 10-month quality improvement collaborative – Strengthening our Long-Term Care Together: PREVIEW-ED© Spread Collaborative. This collaborative will provide support for networks to implement and spread the use of the PREVIEW-ED© screening tool.PREVIEW-ED©, developed by Marilyn El Bestawi, is a proven tool to help staff in long-term care detect early health decline among residents related to four of the most common conditions associated with avoidable Emergency Department (ED) transfers – pneumonia, urinary tract infections (UTI), dehydration and congestive heart failure (CHF). The tool was piloted in a sample of long-term care homes in Toronto in 2012 and in Fraser Health in 2016-2017, and contributed to a significant reduction of ED transfer rates.

The one-page tool takes Care Aides and Personal Support Workers between 8 to 15 seconds to administer, and measures the signs, symptoms and severity of nine indicators using a simple scale. Care Aides and Personal Support Workers comprise more than 70 percent of the staffing in LTC homes and provide the majority of the direct care and are ideally positioned to notice the subtle nuances in the health status of a resident. If the score is outside the regular range, a registered staff member is informed and intervenes as needed, guided by an escalation path included with the tool. Click the links for more details on the Collaborative, and on the PREVIEW-ED© tool.


Canadian Frailty Network and the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation (NBHRF) have a partnership agreement in place creating the CFN-NBHRF Frailty and Aging Research Engagement (FARE) initiative. Over the next five years CFN will match funding from NBHRF and Government of New Brunswick to provide new opportunities to collaborate on research projects and knowledge translation related to older adults living with frailty. New Brunswick has Canada’s highest concentration of citizens over 65, and FARE will address the needs of the most vulnerable New Brunswickers.

The projects will be based in New Brunswick and could include critical aspects of primary, long-term, community and home care, citizen-identified issues and the evaluation of new models of care, as well as education and training of the next generation of researchers and care professionals in New Brunswick through the CFN Summer Student Awards and CFN Interdisciplinary Fellowships.

ACE Collaborative

CFN's first collaboration with the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI) was the Acute Care for Elders (ACE) Collaborative. Completed in 2017 at 18 sites, it resulted in 175 leaders from 11 categories being trained in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Yukon Territory and Iceland, and more than 1,500 healthcare personnel accessed the training resources, with 63 new interventions established in the sites.