Aging, Community and Health Research Group (ACHRU)

McMaster University


News for Supporting Evidence-Informed Community Care for Stroke Survivors with Multiple Chronic Conditions through Mobile Health Technologies

Stroke Outpatients Embrace MyST’s Team Approach and In-Home Visits

Published on: February 13, 2018

If Candace Coe was a quarterback for stroke patients, she’d be coordinating a touchdown for stroke recovery with a new offensive team for outpatients.

My Stroke Team (MyST) app in the Globe and Mail

Published on: November 23, 2016

The ACHRU’s MyST app is included in the special feature of the national newspaper with researchers from the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA).

ACHRU Names an Additional Co-Scientific Director

Published on: October 18, 2016

Dr. Ruta Valaitis is the ACHRU’s newest Co-Scientific Director. She is pleased to join Drs. Maureen Markle-Reid and Jenny Ploeg in leading the research program they founded in 2013.

New Funding Allows ACHRU Researchers to Test My Stroke Team (MyST) app

Published on: September 26, 2016

A new $250,000 grant from the Max Bell Foundation will enable our researchers to test MyST in a home care setting in Hamilton with 40 stroke survivors.

Celebrate Nursing Week 2016 by video on ACHRU key research principles

Published on: May 13, 2016

Did you know one of the key principles of ACHRU research is an inter-professional nurse-led team based approach to patient care? Drs. Maureen Markle-Reid and Jenny Ploeg and the ACHRU research team invite you to celebrate Nursing Week 2016 by watching our video on ACHRU key research principles.

Dr. Ruta Valaitis Presents MyST in Seoul, South Korea

Published on: February 18, 2016

Dr. Ruta Valaitis was the only Canadian nurse to deliver a presentation at the 6th International Collaboration for Community Health Nursing Research (ICCHNR) in Seoul, South Korea. The conference, which attracted 750 of the world’s leading community health scholars and practitioners, provided participants with evidence to promote strategies for the advancement of high quality nursing care in the community.

Research Brief: Development of a Mobile Application to Support Evidence-Informed, Client-Centred Community Care for Stroke Survivors with Multiple Chronic Conditions

Published on: October 23, 2015

Stroke rehabilitation services after discharge from hospital or in-patient rehabilitation programs do not consistently address the challenges of life after stroke for older adults and their family caregivers. Most stroke survivors also have other chronic conditions such as hypertension, heart disease, and diabetes, which can complicate stroke rehabilitation and community reintegration. Mobile technologies have the potential to improve the delivery of community-based services by facilitating communication and collaboration between health care providers, clients, and family caregivers.

New video release: ACHRU Key Principles

Published on: August 24, 2015

ACHRU research key principles include a focus on client-centred care, support for the caregivers in their caregiver role, among others.

Researchers develop mobile health app

Published on: April 23, 2015

To understand the current community stroke healthcare landscape, interviews and focus groups were conducted with 28 providers to identify current challenges for community-based stroke care in Ontario along with 10 consultations with 23 key stakeholders involved with Canadian stroke rehabilitation.

Mobile Stroke App study creates infographic that explains how the app will support community-based stroke rehabilitation

Published on: January 15, 2015

Designing and Developing a Mobile Health Application to Support Community-Based Stroke Rehabilitation: My Stroke Team (MYST). Nancy Matthew-Maich, Maureen Markle-Reid, Duane Bender, Christy Taberner, Jenny Ploeg, Ruta Valaitis, Amiram Gafni, Lauren Harris.


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