Physiotherapists Ada Tang and Christine Prevett have teamed up and secured funding from CFN to challenge the perception that people become progressively weaker with age. They aim to show not only that older people are perfectly capable of building strength safely, but that they can also prevent themselves from becoming frail—or more frail—in the process.
Cycling through intensive care: Researchers help critically ill older patients get stronger with in-bed bicycling
Dr. Kho wants to help ICU patients maintain as much strength as possible during their stay. Based on a study from Belgium that started in-bed cycling two weeks after a patient was admitted to ICU, she determined that this technology could be just the tool to help patients maintain muscle mass and mobility. Her next step was to find funding.
In their new CFN-funded study, called the Breaking “Bad Rest” Study: Interrupting sedentary time to reverse frailty levels in acute care, Drs. Theou and Rockwood are laying the groundwork for a massive shift in hospital culture to promote mobility over bedrest.
Dr. Keller has been developing and testing an in-hospital nutrition intervention called More-2-Eat. Funding from the CFN has allowed her to create, validate, implement and measure the impact of a simple assessment tool that frontline hospital staff can use to identify malnourished patients, and an easy and effective way to improve their nutrition status.
While some advised Sally O’Brien (77) her that coronary artery bypass surgery was too risky given her age and other health problems, Dr. Greg Hirsh determined otherwise. The Halifax cardiac surgeon and his team thoroughly assessed Sally’s fitness for the surgery using sensitive tools for measuring fitness versus frailty developed at Dalhousie University and the Nova Scotia Health Authority.
Learning from the leaders in progressive eldercare: a knowledge exchange with Denmark
In keeping with a mandate to learn from international partnerships, CFN mobilized a group of Canadian healthcare leaders, researchers and clinicians to visit Denmark in May 2018. Their goal was to see first-hand why Denmark is widely recognized as a world leader in providing effective healthcare.
Get fit for surgery: Research aims to prevent post-op complications and disabilities in older people with frailty
Imagine you are 75 or 80 and facing a major surgery. Are you confident in your ability to stay strong and recover quickly from the procedure? Research led by Dr. Daniel McIsaac set out to help older adults living with frailty get stronger before surgery by offering them a well-rounded pre-op exercise program.
Initial funding from CFN has led to many researchers securing larger follow-on application-based research funding from various federal and provincial funding agencies as well as from private not-for-profit groups. Relatively small amounts of CFN funding has led to a multiplier effect (as high as 19-fold leverage) allowing Network Investigators to continue to move key CFN research projects closer to real-world implementation.
Canadian Frailty Network funded a study by Drs. Todd Lee and Emily McDonald of McGill University Health Centre. The investigators created MedSafer, an electronic application, to identify deprescribing opportunities for older patients (aged 65 and older) when hospitalized.
Stemming from a CFN Catalyst Grant in 2014, the Nav-CARE program is being adapted and tailored across diverse social and geographic contexts across Canada with volunteers primarily based within hospice who are connected to primary care services through follow-on funding.