Coming together at the seams: engaging older patients and families across care transitions webinar
Engagement of patients in care planning and decision-making improves patient experience, adherence to treatment recommendations, quality of life and outcomes. Patient and family engagement is particularly critical at points of transition between care settings, which are more common, and often more challenging, for older patients with complex medical problems. In this session, researchers from the University of Waterloo will: i) discuss their past work on care transitions for older patients, including work completed at Grand River Hospital; ii) discuss principles and practices for engagement of older patients and families in care planning and decision-making; and iii) describe a study being launched at GRH to discover what is working well to engage patients and families in care transitions, and where improvements might be possible.
Dr. Jacobi Elliott is a Research Scientist with the Geriatric Health Systems Research Group at the University of Waterloo and holds adjunct appointments at both the University of Waterloo and Western University. Jacobi is also the Evaluation Lead in Specialized Geriatric Services at St. Joseph’s Health Care London. Her research focuses on care transitions, patient and family engagement, and geriatric health system challenges.
Dr. Paul Stolee is a Professor in the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo. His research focuses on health system challenges affecting older persons, primary care, and engagement of patients and caregivers in health care decision-making. At Waterloo, he leads the Geriatric Health Systems Research Group, and is the Director of the University of Waterloo Network for Aging Research.
Alexandra Whate is a Research Data Analyst with the Geriatric Health Systems Research Group at the University of Waterloo. She is involved in research and evaluation projects focused on improving care for older adults at all levels of the health system. Alexandra is also the coordinator of the Seniors Helping As Research Partners (SHARP) group.