Aging, Community and Health Research Group (ACHRU)

McMaster University


Partners and Collaborators – Mohawk College & School of Nursing, McMaster University

In collaboration with Mohawk College, ACHRU researchers are developing a mobile (mHealth) app for stroke survivors with multiple chronic conditions.

It’s just one example of the unit’s ground-breaking, community-based initiatives that are being done in partnership with over 60 researchers, staff, trainees and collaborators locally, provincially and across Canada. A unique aspect of this research program is that it includes the voices and opinions of older adults with multiple health problems and their family caregivers in eight studies investigating: older adults with multiple chronic conditions (MCC) living in the community; the burden and stress experienced by their family caregivers; a promising self-management program for older adults with diabetes and MCC, and the health care costs associated with seniors coping with chronic health issues, such as dementia, diabetes and stroke.

Ted Scott, Dean of Applied Research at Mohawk College, said the strength of the Mohawk-McMaster partnerships in Health Sciences has been a great source of successful collaborative projects in research and education over the past decade. “Recently, this has been demonstrated through the opportunity to leverage the college’s focus on technology and applied research in the “Strengthening community-based stroke care: A mixed-methods study to evaluate a mobile health solution” project.

Scott added collaboration on the mobile app has provided access to the best of both the college and university’s capabilities and “provided students and faculty with a platform for learning more about the strengths and skills each brings to this important work.”

The Aging, Community and Health Research Unit (ACHRU) is part of McMaster’s School of Nursing and Carolyn Byrne has said that the development of partnerships will be an important part of her focus as the school’s new associate dean and director.

“Nurse researchers in the ACHRU are forging valuable partnerships which will lead to the development of innovative initiatives that will give an improved quality of life to the growing number of seniors living in the community with multiple chronic conditions,” Byrne said. “The McMaster-Mohawk partnership is a living example of the historic partnership agreement signed in Ottawa in September between the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada and the Colleges and Institutes Canada which is designed to enhance collaboration between colleges, institutes, polytechnics and universities.”

Published on: April 23, 2015

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