Aging, Community and Health Research Group (ACHRU)

McMaster University

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Canada Research Chair Seminar Series

Nurse-led intervention research with its focus on health promotion and disease prevention – rather than on focusing on the treatment of acute medical conditions – is an emerging area in community health care. Dr. Maureen Markle-Reid, CIHR Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Aging, Chronic Disease and Health Promotion Interventions and nurse, is leading the development and evaluation of new interprofessional nurse-led interventions to enhance the health related quality of life of older adults with multiple chronic conditions and their family caregivers.

The interventions that are being tested are designed to be readily implementable and scalable to regions across Ontario and Canada. This is accomplished by testing the intervention in real world settings with the resources that are already in place. In her research program, Dr. Markle-Reid is developing and evaluating the effectiveness of interprofessional nurse-led interventions that could reduce the burden of chronic conditions among community-living older adults with MCC. These interventions focus on a range of issues, such as: fall prevention, self-management of Type 2 diabetes, stroke and supporting family caregivers.

In 2014, Dr. Markle-Reid initiated a seminar series focused on research issues related to the development, evaluation and translation of interprofessional nurse-led interventions. The seminars are held bi-monthly and are open to nursing graduate students, School of Nursing faculty members, and other researchers affiliated with ACHRU. To date, five bi-monthly seminars have been held on a number of topics including: intervention fidelity, pilot studies, and designing complex community-based interventions.

Her CRC research program is supported by, and coordinated from, the Aging, Community and Health Research Unit (ACHRU). The ACHRU is funded by CIHR and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term care to develop and test complex health care interventions in partnership with numerous home and community care agencies.

Published on: February 19, 2016

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