Frailty Assessment of Older Canadians Using Emergency Services with Tablet Technology
The Frailty Assessment of Older Canadians Using Emergency Services (FOCUS) tablet used a game-like program with large font that is easy for sick, frail older people to use with minimal supervision.
About the Project
The FOCUS study tested the real-world implementation of a user-friendly tablet based technology to identify high-risk older adults with frailty or problems with their thinking such as delirium or dementia.
The study checked whether the FOCUS tablet technology correctly identifies older patients who are at risk for loss of function. We also took the first steps in testing whether patients identified as high risk by the FOCUS tablet benefit from referral to community services.
The FOCUS study has a proven screening tool that has been tested in three provinces (Ontario, Québec and Nova Scotia), including rural and urban settings, in French and English, and for use by paramedics in the patient’s home as well as in the emergency department.
Jacques Lee, MD, MSc, FRCPC — Sunnybrook Research Institute
Mark Chignell, PhD — University of Toronto
Marcel Émond, MD, MSc — Université Laval
Judah Goldstein, PhD — Dalhousie University
Mike Nolan, MA — County of Renfrew
Kenneth Rockwood, MD, FRCPC, FRCP — Dalhousie University
Marie-Josie Sorois, PhD — CHU de Québec
Mary Tierney, PhD, CPO — University of Toronto
Knowledge Users and Partners:
County of Renfrew Paramedic Service
Emergency Health Services Operations Management, Nova Scotia
Project Contact: Jacques Lee — firstname.lastname@example.org
CFN Webinar (January 25, 2017): Frailty Assessment of Older Canadians Using Emergency Services with Tablet Technology