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Frailty RFP Update

June 1, 2015

Measurement of frailty in the elderly can be helpful in identifying the most appropriate type of care, and care setting, provided to elderly patients. It has also been suggested that early identification of frailty can inform patients, and both formal and informal caregivers, on therapeutic options and treatment decisions, including those for acute care, restorative…

Second round of CFN Strategic Impact Grants awarded

June 1, 2015

CFN’s second Strategic Impact Grant Program competition was launched October 2nd, 2014.  CFN’s priority for this competition was to fund projects that 1) investigate system changes for the benefit of the frail elderly, and 2) improve the uptake or application of existing evidence to improve the care of the frail elderly. All proposals were required…

Dr. John Muscedere speaking at Taming of the Queue 2015 national conference

April 15, 2015

Dr. John Muscedere, CFN Scientific Director, will make a presentation April 16 at 8:30 am at the Taming of the Queue 2015 national conference in Ottawa ( Fairmont Château Laurier — Adam Room) Dr. Muscedere will discuss the prevalence of frail health in Canada and how the healthcare system – and, in particular, evidenced-based frailty…

CFN-funded project launches website for LGBT end-of-life conversations

March 30, 2015

Brian deVries and Gloria Gutman of the Simon Fraser University Gerontology Research Centre received a 2013 CFN Catalyst Grant for their project Fostering end-of-life conversations, community and care among LGBT older adults. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) older adults are more likely to age alone with limited support, and in a stigmatizing environment where…

NEJM publishes study by CFN researcher Dr. Paul Hébert

March 18, 2015

The latest issue of the New England Journal of Medicine contains the findings of a research report co-authored by Dr. Paul Hébert, CFN Theme Lead (Improving Acute and Critical Care) and a member of CFN’s advisory Research Management Committee.   Age of Transfused Blood in Critically Ill Patients involved a trial of more than 2,400…

Ontario releases home care report

March 12, 2015

Sweeping recommendations in Ontario Government’s Bringing Care Home report The Government of Ontario is endorsing a new report on ways to makehome and community care more patient-and-family-centred. Drawing from consultations with patients, caregivers and healthcare providers, an expert panel led by Dr. Gail Donner made recommendations to improve the patient experience, promote access to services…

CFN awards Benchmark Study

January 30, 2015

CFN recently awarded a contract to design and implement a benchmark study (environmental scan) that systematically examines current care of the seriously ill, frail elderly nearing end of life. Through this scan CFN will quantitate the health care environment and the health care that this population receives in Canada. This study will also help identify…

Russell Williams elected Chair, CFN Board of Directors

January 23, 2015

CFN Network is pleased to announce the election of Russell Williams, President, Canada’s Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies (Rx&D), as Chair of the CFN’s Board of Directors. Mr. Williams assumed the role at the Board’s first meeting held in Toronto on January 22, 2015. Click here for a PDF of this announcement (en français). CFN is a…

Call for Session Proposals — 2015 Conference

December 9, 2014

CFN will be holding the 3rd Annual CFN Conference on improving care for the frail elderly from Sunday, September 27 to Tuesday, September 29, 2015 in Toronto. CFN is seeking proposals for sessions at the Conference. To ensure a broad slate of session offerings from different individuals and institutions, this is an open call. Proposals…

Thought-provoking coverage of end-of-life care on CBC’s The Current

December 1, 2014

CBC Radio’s The Current featured an hour-long end-of-life (EOL) care discussion on November 17th. The second half of the program included CFN EOL Theme Lead John You and Susan MacDonald, President of CFN partner, CSPCP (the Canadian Soceity of Palliative Care Physicians).  http://bit.ly/1F8tf5B . CBC received an overwhelming response from listeners who provided personal experiences…