Aging, Community and Health Research Group (ACHRU)

McMaster University


News for January, 2015

Research Brief: Engaging Community Organizations in Fall Prevention for Older Adults: Moving from Research To Action

Published on: January 29, 2015

Falls remain a significant threat to the health and quality of life of older adults. Evidence will only reduce falls among older adults if translated into usable interventions intentionally implemented across supportive community contexts. To our knowledge, this is the first study exploring the potential for broader integration of effective fall prevention initiatives throughout communities.

Mobile Stroke App study creates infographic that explains how the app will support community-based stroke rehabilitation

Published on: January 15, 2015

Designing and Developing a Mobile Health Application to Support Community-Based Stroke Rehabilitation: My Stroke Team (MYST). Nancy Matthew-Maich, Maureen Markle-Reid, Duane Bender, Christy Taberner, Jenny Ploeg, Ruta Valaitis, Amiram Gafni, Lauren Harris.

Paper on patients’ awareness of their medical prognosis is published

Published on: January 15, 2015

Patient Characteristics Associated With Prognostic Awareness: A Study of a Canadian Palliative Care Population Using the InterRAI Palliative Care Instrument. Kathryn Fisher, Hsien Seow, Joachim Cohen, Anja Declercq, Shannon Freeman, Dawn M. Guthrie

Research Brief: The Process of Spreading Best Practice Guidelines in Home Care Organizations

Published on: January 14, 2015

Little is known about how best practices are spread within home care organizations. Spread can result in healthcare improvements through efficient use of scarce resources. Spread can be defined as “the process through which new working methods developed in one setting are adopted, perhaps with appropriate modifications, in other organizational contexts”.

Research Brief: Collaborative Education and Practice in Home and Community Care of Older Adults and their Families

Published on: January 14, 2015

Care of older adults can take place in many settings; their homes, doctors' offices, and community-based clinics, with members of the healthcare team often spread across large geographic areas and across different healthcare sectors. In contrast, acute care providers and recipients tend to reside in one location facilitating seamless care and interprofessional education and collaboration (IPE and IPC). Furthermore, many older adults are also managing multiple chronic conditions (MCC), which accounts for 40% of healthcare use among older adults in Canada. The complexity of their care needs and potentially complicating geographic factors makes the integration and coordination of care more difficult but increasingly important for this population.


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