2016 - 2020. LATE LIFE ISSUES, DEVELOPMENT AND EVALUATION OF A FAMILY-PARTNERED CARE PATHWAY FOR CRITICALLY III PATIENTS

Project Title: Late Life Issues, Development and Evaluation of a Family-Partnered Care Pathway for Critically III Patients

Primary Investigator: Dr. H. Tom Stelfox (PI); Dr. Daren Heyland (Co-PI); Dr. Jeanna Parsons Leigh (Co-I)

Research Associates: Danielle Demiantschuk

Patient and Family Advisors: Peter OxlandDoreen Rockliff; Evelyn Ellerman; Linda Stewart; Gerry Hawley; Mike Hruska

Award: $ 1,388,754

Funding Body: CIHR

Overview: There is a pressing need to improve the care of critically ill older patients. The Canadian population is aging. Technology is advancing. The result is that older, frailer and more complex patients are receiving increasingly invasive therapies late in life. There is uncertainty about how to best apply technology to improve healthcare and health for critically ill older patients, balancing length of life with quality of life and compassionate end of life care. Where there is evidence, knowledge-practice gaps (i.e., when scientific evidence is generated but not effectively implemented) are well documented. The implications are profound for patients, family members, providers and society. In direct response to these challenges, we have assembled a team to generate new knowledge to empower critically ill older patients and their families to advocate for care that reflects their needs and to build knowledge translation (KT) capacity to ensure care is informed by the best evidence.

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Community Engagement Activities: Café Scientifique March 2 2017