CFN’s March webinar highlighted important issues that need to be addressed by citizens, patients, family members, clinicians, researchers, and policymakers to improve the quality of end-of-life care for the seriously ill, frail elderly in Canada, a theme update by CFN Theme Lead Dr. John You.
CFN believes that caring for the frail elderly is a complex, Canada-wide issue that requires multi-faceted, national strategies and solutions, and our monthly webinars are one way we bring together talented people to focus on this goal.
About our presenter
John You, MD, MSc, FRCPC, McMaster University
Dr. John You is a hospital-based general internist who is a staff physician with Hamilton Health Sciences and an Associate Professor in the Departments of Medicine, and of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics at McMaster University. He received his BSc, MD and an MSc in Clinical Epidemiology from the University of Toronto. He is a member of the CLARITY (Clinical Advances Through Research and Information Translation) research group at McMaster, an Adjunct Scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), and an executive member of CARENET (Canadian Researchers at the End-of-Life Network), an interdisciplinary network of health care professionals from across Canada who collaborate to improve palliative and end-of-life care. His primary clinical and scholarly interests are in improving the quality of end of life communication, decision-making, and care for seriously ill elderly patients and their families.
About our moderator
John Muscedere, MD
Dr. John Muscedere was appointed CFN Scientific Director, effective August 1, 2013. Dr. Muscedere is an intensivist at Kingston General Hospital (KGH), and Associate Professor in the Critical Care Program, Department of Medicine, in the School of Medicine at Queen’s University. He is Research Director of the Critical Care Program at Queen’s, and serves as the Local Health Integrated Network (LHIN) Critical Care Leader for the SouthEast LHIN. Dr. Muscedere is Co-Chair of the Canadian Critical Care Society (CCCS) and the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group (CCCTG) Knowledge Translation Committee. Dr. Muscedere is an accomplished critical care researcher whose primary research interests include ventilator-associated pneumonia, clinical practice guidelines, quality improvement, knowledge translation and venous thromboembolism. He is currently leading the implementation of a Canadian Critical Care Knowledge Translation Network, aC3KTion Net, which seeks to improve the implementation of evidence informed best practices in critical care. As an intensivist, he has first-hand knowledge of caring for the frail elderly, and first-hand knowledge of CFN and its goals, having participated in the Network’s initial proposal for Network Centres of Excellence (NCE) funding, as well as serving as Chair of the CFN Knowledge Translation Committee in its first year.