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CIHR funds research on hospital-to-home transitions

Jul 22, 2019

Maureen Markle-Reid

Photo above: Dr. Maureen Markle-Reid

Dr. Maureen Markle-Reid and her research team have been awarded a new grant through the CIHR project scheme. The team includes other School of Nursing faculty (Kathryn Fisher, Rebecca Ganann, and Jenny Ploeg), as well as School of Nursing research associate Jennifer Salerno and PhD student Carly Whitmore. The project focuses on improving the experience and quality of transitioning from hospital-to-home for older adults with stroke and multimorbidity.  

Stroke is the leading cause of death and adult disability in Canada,” says Markle-Reid. “Up to 80% of older adults who have suffered a stroke will return to their homes, and 60% will require ongoing rehabilitation in the community. Approximately 92% of older adults with stroke have multimorbidity (more than two chronic conditions). These patients often require services from several providers in multiple care settings and are therefore susceptible to fragmented health care when transitioning from hospital to home. New interventions are needed to improve the experience and quality of transitioning from hospital to home for this vulnerable population.”

The overall goal of the proposed research project, says Markle-Reid, “is to adapt, implement and evaluate a novel person- and family-centred hospital-to-home transitional care intervention for older adults with stroke and multimorbidity and their caregivers.”

This 6-month intervention will be delivered by an interprofessional team of healthcare providers from an outpatient stroke rehabilitation team, including a registered nurse, occupational therapist, physiotherapist, social worker, and speech language pathologist.

Grant details:

Principal Investigator : Maureen Markle-Reid. Principal Applicant: Anne Hayes. Co-Applicants: Mark Bayley, Marla Beauchamp, Jill Cameron, Kathryn Fisher, Rebecca Fleck, Amiram Gafni, Rebecca Ganann, Michelle Nelson, Jenny Ploeg, Jennifer Salerno, Lehana Thabane, Carly Whitmore. Optimizing hospital to home transitions for older adults with stroke and multmorbidity: A pragmatic effectiveness-implementation trial of an integrated transitional care intervention. CIHR. $474,300. Oct 1, 2019 to March 31, 2022


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