Canadian Frailty Network (CFN): Transforming primary health care for older adults living with frailty

Based on findings from our previous research, we now plan to apply evidence-informed interventions to primary care locations across Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec in nine urban and rural sites.

Our research will address the following key areas:

  • Consistent risk screening and assessment;
  • Care coordination and system navigation;
  • Patient/caregiver engagement and shared decision-making; and
  • Enabling technology supports.

For more information on CFN, visit our partners page.

Focus question

Compared to usual care in primary care settings, does our proposed model improve health, social and economic outcomes for older Canadians living with frailty?

Co-Principal Investigators

Paul Stolee, PhD: Professor, School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo

Anik Giguère, PhD: Associate Professor, Department of family medicine and emergency medicine, Université Laval

Kenneth Rockwood, MD, FRCPC, FRCP: Professor, Faculty of Medicine,  Division of Geriatric Medicine, Dalhousie University

Joanie Sims-Gould, PhD, RSW: Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Family Practice, University of British Columbia

Sara Mallinson, PhD: Seniors Research and Evaluation Consultant, Workforce Research and Evaluation, Alberta Health Services

Past CFN projects

Based on previous funding from the CFN, we conducted research in the following key areas:

  • Engaging older adults in healthcare research and planning, as well as in healthcare decision-making;
  • A screening tool to identify at-risk older adults in primary care;
  • Implementing a model of care-coordination in primary care; and
  • Implementing a framework to support patient engagement in care settings.

For more information, see the Past CFN projects page.

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