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Duncan Sinclair joins CFN Board of Directors

June 1, 2015

Duncan Sinclair, PhD, MSc, DVM, LLD, is an emeritus Professor of Physiology and Fellow of the School of Policy Studies of Queen’s University, and Former Vice-Principal (Health Sciences) and Past Dean, Faculty of Medicine at Queen’s, where he was the first non-MD to serve as a Dean of Medicine and Vice Principal of Health Sciences in…

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…

Andreas Laupacis joins CFN Board of Directors

June 1, 2015

  Andreas Laupacis, MD, MSc, BA, FRCPC, is a general internist who currently practices palliative care at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, and the Executive Director of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael’s. He is a Professor at the University of Toronto in the both the Department of Medicine and the Institute of…

CFN partners with prominent health groups on survey of palliative care

June 1, 2015

The first-ever national survey of physicians who deliver palliative care in Canada is providing critical direction for improving access to palliative care services.  Based on a survey over 1,000 doctors who provide palliative medicine, the survey was funded by CFN, along with the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians, Canadian Medical Association, Royal College of…

CFN researchers published in Critical Care Medicine

June 1, 2015

CFN researchers published in Critical Care Medicine A Canadian study of the association between frailty and quality of life for survivors of critical illness was recently published in the May issue of Critical Care Medicine. CFN-funded researchers Drs. Sean Bagshaw and Thomas Stelfox examined 421 critically-ill, patients over the age of 50 years to determine an…

CFN researchers showcase “participatory action research” in BMJ

June 1, 2015

CFN Network members Drs. Mary Lou Kelley, Sharon Kaasalainen and Marg McKee have been successful in publishing an abstract of their CFN-funded research, “Embedding the palliative care approach into the organizational culture of long-term care (LTC) homes using participatory action research.” The prestigious BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care presented their findings as part of a…

CFN updates CIHR Institute of Aging on frailty health impacts

June 1, 2015

Dr. John Muscedere recently gave a presentation on aging within a frailty health context to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute of Aging Advisory Board. Dr. Muscedere spoke on the interconnection between aging and frailty; explaining that the decline in a person’s health status and increasing use of health care is driven more by…

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…