Age-Friendly Acute Care
In March 2011, officials from Central Health in Newfoundland and Labrador asked the Contextualized Health Research Synthesis Program (CHRSP) to identify and evaluate the best available research-based evidence on age-friendly approaches to acute care. Central Health recognized the necessity to uncover the barriers faced by the aging population in acute-care settings and to determine best practices for ensuring age-friendly acute care in the province. Given Newfoundland and Labrador's aging population, Central Health asked CHRSP to help them identify applicable tools and guiding principles that promote age-friendliness in acute-care facilities with a view to developing strategies that will reduce barriers faced by our aging population. Central Health suggested that the research evidence CHRSP could gather on this topic would help support decision making on enhancements/changes required in acute care environments as well as helping the health authority establish priorities in this area. This research topic was initially suggested by Central Health and consultations with the province's other Regional Health Authorities (RHAs) and with the Department of Health and Community Services (DHCS) revealed that the issue of caring for older adults in hospital was a high-priority across the province. CHRSP therefore assembled a project team that included senior officials from each of the four RHAs (Eastern Health, Central Health, Western Health and Labrador Grenfell Health), a consultant from DHCS, faculty members from Memorial's School of Nursing and Faculty of Medicine with a background in acute care, and a project coordinator internal to the CHRSP program. Dr. Belinda Parke of the University of Alberta agreed to serve as Academic Team Leader.
30 Nov -0001
Quality of Life
Strategic Research Theme
Well-being, Health and Biomedical Discovery