Aging, Community and Health Research Group (ACHRU)

McMaster University


ACHRU Research Featured in Special CMAJ Supplement

We’re pleased to have our research featured in a special patient-oriented research supplement in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) being released today. Drs. Rebecca Ganann, Carrie McAiney, and our valued Patient Research Partner William Johnson have collaborated on an article in ‘Engaging Patients in Health Research: The Ontario Experience’.


The ACHRU article entitled ‘Engaging Older Adults as Partners in Transitional Care Research’ is about the Community Assets Supporting Transitions study, which aims to improve hospital-to-home transitions for older adults with multiple chronic conditions and depressive symptoms. Older adult patient and caregiver research partners have enhanced researchers’ understanding of the hospital-to-home transition experience, identified important outcomes to measure, and problem-solved challenges faced in undertaking the study, says Dr. Rebecca Ganann.


“The Community Assets Supporting Transitions study has engaged older adult patients and caregivers as research partners throughout the study’s implementation,” says Dr. Ganann. “Our partners have helped inform our research approaches within and across study sites. Writing this article in collaboration with one of our partners provided an opportunity to share insights gained through these valuable partnerships.”


The supplement features in-the-trenches experiences, tips and challenges from 17 IMPACT projects funded by the Ontario SPOR SUPPORT Unit (OSSU). It is a resource for researchers and others interested in this growing approach that involves patients and caregivers as partners in health and health systems research.


Click here to view the article

Click here to link to the supplement

Click here for more details on the CAST study

Published on: November 7, 2018

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