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How to Improve Hospital-to-Home Transitions

If you missed our McMaster Health Forum Top Ten Insights 2-part webinar on how to improve hospital-to-home transitions for older adults with complex health and social needs you can click on the link below to view the recording.

June 9, 12 p.m. Part 1 - Older Adults with Complex Health and Social Needs Click here to view the recording

Older adults with complex health and social needs experience frequent transitions (moves) from hospital to home. Transitioning between hospital and home after a hospital admission can be a stressful and confusing time for patients and their caregivers. Drs. François-Pierre Gauvin, Maureen Markle-Reid, Carrie McAiney and Rebecca Ganann will share insights into how to improve hospital to home transitions that were gained from: 1) an OSSU-funded pragmatic randomized controlled trial of a nurse-led transitional care intervention for older adults with multimorbidity and depressive symptoms, 2) a citizen brief, and 3) recent Citizen Panel on how to engage patients and caregivers in transitional care.

June 11, 12 p.m. Part 2 – Insights from the COVID-19 Response Click here to view the recording

The pressures being placed on the health and social systems to respond to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic affects hospital-to-home transitions on many levels. During this interactive webinar, Drs. François-Pierre Gauvin, Maureen Markle-Reid, Carrie McAiney Rebecca Ganann, and a patient partner will revisit findings from previous transitional-care projects (detailed during webinar #1) in light of the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Webinar participants will also be actively engaged to share their insights into how COVID-19 is changing the landscape of hospital-to-home transitions.

Researchers from the Aging, Community and Health Research Unit (ACHRU) collaborated with the McMaster Health Forum on a citizen brief and citizen panel entitled: ‘Engaging Older Adults with Complex Health and Social Needs, and Their Caregivers to Improve Hospital-to-home Transitions in Ontario’.

The citizen brief and the citizen panel were funded through the ACHRU study ‘Community Assets Supporting Transitions (CAST)’, which was supported by funding from the Ontario SPOR SUPPORT Unit, the Labarge Optimal Aging Initiative, and the CIHR Signature Initiative in Community-Based Primary Healthcare. The study was led by Drs. Maureen Markle-Reid and Carrie McAiney, and involved ACHRU researcher Dr. Rebecca Ganann and our Caregiver Research Partner Gail Heald-Taylor.

Click here to view the citizen brief on the McMaster Health Forum website

Click here to view the panel summary

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Published on: June 1, 2020

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