Aging, Community and Health Research Group (ACHRU)

McMaster University


ACHRU Hosts Researchers from the University of Calgary

A collaborative research partnership between the Aging Community and Health Research Unit (ACHRU) and the University of Calgary recently brought two Alberta researchers to McMaster University to learn from each other.

University of Calgary researchers Drs. Erica G. Teixeira and Lorraine Venturato spent several days in the ACHRU  working with the Ontario-based team preparing for Study #7 on stroke survivors with multiple chronic conditions (MCC) receiving homecare and their family caregivers.

“We’re here at the ACHRU because we’re getting ready to start the project with recruitment and training getting underway in January,” said Dr. Teixeira.

The study, to be conducted in both Alberta and Ontario, will evaluate an intervention which includes an interprofessional (IP) team approach, additional in-home visits from the specially trained IP team and monthly team case conferences that will develop a client-centred plan of care.

Dr. Teixeira, research coordinator for the Alberta arm of the study, is a speech pathologist from Brazil with a PhD in Health Sciences from England. Early in her career she discovered a passion for working with older people, particularly those whose disability affects their speech. “The vast majority of stroke survivors with MCC have their cognitive-communication and swallowing affected, which increase the effects of stroke.”

Two years ago, the University of Calgary recruited Dr. Venturato, Associate Professor in the School of Nursing, as Chair in Gerontology. “Our upcoming study in partnership with the ACHRU gives me an opportunity to translate some of my research into a national context,” she said. “It’s good to see how other things work because you begin to see the possibility of other ways of doing things.”

“Our strength is that we have a great team that is committed to this study, providers who are keen and enthusiastic health professionals,” Dr. Venturato said.

The hope of both researchers is that a strong intervention will emerge from the study which improves the quality of life for stroke survivors with MCC, in both Alberta and Ontario.

Published on: February 18, 2016

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