The School of Public Health and Health Systems is a division of the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences
Cross appointment with the School of Optometry, University of Waterloo
B.A.(Hon.), Political Science (University of Alberta)
M.P.A., Public Administration (Queen’s University)
M.Sc., Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics (McMaster University)
Ph.D., Health Studies (University of Waterloo)
Office: LHN 3729
Phone: (519) 888-4567 ext. 35879
Fax: (519) 888-4362
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My teaching interests include aging, research methods, health outcome measurement, and health care systems.
Dr. Stolee’s research focuses on strategies to improve the quality of life of older persons, and to improve the effectiveness of geriatric health services. Dr. Stolee is overseeing several projects for one of Canada’s Networks of Centres of Excellence, AGE-WELL - Aging Gracefully across Environments using Technology to Support Wellness, Engagement and Long Life. AGE-WELL aims to harness and develop policies and advanced technologies to support a long, independent and healthy life. For the past several years, Dr. Stolee’s CIHR-funded research program “InfoRehab” has investigated the use and sharing of health information for older persons with chronic illness. This work has led to an increased interest in the challenges experienced by older patients as they transition across care settings, and on strategies that can foster greater health system integration. Dr. Stolee is actively involved in research on how knowledge is translated into practice and policy, and is concerned in his own research with the meaningful engagement of stakeholders in all stages of the research process. A current focus of his research is on strategies to engage seniors in health care decision-making and research. His team’s research is supported by the SHARP network – Seniors Helping as Research Partners (https://uwaterloo.ca/geriatric-health-systems-research-group/sharp).
Dr. Stolee has published over 120 peer-reviewed manuscripts and seven book chapters. He is the 2012 recipient of the Canadian Association on Gerontology Evelyn Shapiro Mentoring Award.
Dr. Stolee is the current Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Journal on Aging.
Current and recent research projects
A national senior health-focused research network driving the innovation and creation of technologies, policies and services that enable Aging Gracefully across Environments using Technology to Support Wellness, Engagement and Long Life (AGE-WELL). (Work-package lead)
Emerging team grant in enhancing MSK rehabilitation through better use of health information. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (PI).
- Enhancing home care rehabilitation through better use of health information. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (PI).
- Knowledge to Action Processes in SHRTN Collaborative Communities of Practice (Co-PI)
Selected recent publications
Stolee, P., Zaza, C., & Sharratt, M. T. (2014). Later life care planning conversations for older adults and families. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 33, 710-736.
Giosa, J. L., Stolee, P., Dupuis, S., Mock, S. M., & Santi, S. M. (2014) An examination of Family Caregiver Experiences during Care Transitions of Older Adults. Canadian Journal on Aging. 33(2), 137-153.
Elliott, J., Forbes, D., Chesworth, B.M., Ceci, C., Stolee, P., & the InfoRehab Research Team. (2014). Information Sharing with Rural Family Caregivers during Care Transitions of Hip Fracture Patients. International Journal of Integrated Care, 14(2).
McLeod, J., Stolee, P., Walker, J., & Heckman, G. (2014). Measuring Care Transition Quality for Older Patients with Musculoskeletal Disorders. Musculoskeletal Care, 12(1):13-21.
Heckman, G., Hillier, L., Manderson, B., McKinnon Wilson, J., Santi, S. M., & Stolee, P. (2013). Developing an Integrated System of Care for Frail Seniors. Healthcare Management Forum, 26(4), 200-208.
Mairs, K., McNeil, H., McLeod, J., Prorok, J., & Stolee, P. (2013). Online strategies to facilitate health-related knowledge transfer: A systematic search and review. (Corresponding author). Health Information and Libraries Journal, 30(4), 261–277.
Glenny, C., Stolee, P., Sheiban, L., & Jaglal, S. (2013). Communicating during care transitions for older hip fracture patients: family caregiver and health care provider perspectives. International Journal of Integrated Care, 13(e044).
McMurray, J., Stolee, P., Hicks, E., Elliott, J., Johnson, H., & Byrne, K. (2013). The role of documentation and inter-provider information exchange in care continuity for older hip fracture patients. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 192, 1197.
McMurray, J., Hicks, B., Johnson, H., Elliott, J., Byrne, K., & Stolee, P. (2013). Trying to find information is like hating yourself every day”: The collision of electronic information systems in transition with patients in transition. Health Informatics, 19(3), 218-232.
Johnson, H., Forbes, D., Egan, M., Elliott, J., Stolee, P., Chesworth, B. M. & the InfoRehab Team. (2013). Hip fracture care in rural Southwestern Ontario: An ethnographic study of patient transitions and physiotherapy handoffs. Physiotherapy Canada, 65(3), 266-275.
Toscan, J., Manderson, B., Santi, S., & Stolee, P. (2013). “Just another fish in the pond”: the transitional care experience of a hip fracture patient. International Journal of Integrated Care, 13(2).
Santi, S. M., Hinton, S., Berg, K., & Stolee, P. (2013). Bridging the Information Divide: Strategies for Health Information Sharing in Home Care. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 45(1), 16 –35.
Cook, R. J., Berg, K., Hirdes, J., Lee, K., Poss, J., & Stolee, P. (2013). Rehabilitation in Home Care is Associated with Functional Improvement and Preferred Discharge. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 94(6), 1038-1047.
Conklin, J., Lusk, E., Harris, M., & Stolee, P. (2013). Knowledge Brokers in a Knowledge Network: Findings from a Four-Year Evaluation Program. Implementation Science, 8(7)
Stolee, P., Hillier, L. M., Etkin, M., & McLeod, J. (2012). “Flying by the seat of our pants”: current processes to share best practices to deal with elder abuse. Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect, 24(2), 179-194.
McAiney, C., Hillier, L., Stolee, P., Harvey, D., & Michael, J. (2012). Throwing a Life-Line: The Role of First LinkTM in Enhancing Supports for Persons with Dementia and their Care Partners. Neurodegenerative Disease Management, 2(6), 623-638.
Toscan, J., Mairs, K., Hinton, S., & Stolee, P. (corresponding author) & the InfoRehab Team. (2012). Integrated Transitional Care: Patient, Informal Caregiver and Health Care Provider Perspectives on Care Transitions for Older Persons with Hip Fracture. International Journal of Integrated Care, 12. PMC3429139
Stolee, P., Hillier, L. M., Cook, S., & Rockwood, K. (2011). Cause, care, cure: Research priorities for Alzheimer disease related dementias. Canadian Journal on Aging, 30(4), 657-667.
Stolee, P. (2010). Measuring outcomes of multidimensional interventions. In H.M. Fillitt, K. Rockwood, & K. Woodhouse (Eds.), Brocklehurst’s Text Book of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, 7th ed., Chapter 39. Philadelphia: Saunders Elsevier. Pages 245-271
Additional Publications: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=stolee+p%5Bau%5D
- Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging