MSFHR/CIHR project examines how seniors navigate long-term care

24 August 2012

A University of Victoria (UVic) research team has been jointly funded by MSFHR and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to study how older adults and their families transition to long-term care settings.

Drs. Margaret Penning and Denise Cloutier of UVic's Centre on Aging will analyze data from Fraser Health to understand the evolving needs of seniors as they move from home care to hospital or residential care. Previous studies have examined individual stages of the long-term care system, but there is little available evidence on the factors affecting transitions between stages.

Funding for the study was announced August 15 at a media event hosted by UVic. The Hon. Tim Uppal, Minister of State (Democratic Reform), made the announcement on behalf of the federal government.

Penning and Cloutier hope their study will improve the quality of life of older adults by informing health policy decision-making that will smooth transitions between care settings.

The project is one of three initiatives jointly funded this year by MSFHR and CIHR's Partnerships for Health System Improvement (PHSI) program. MSFHR provides matching funds up to $100,000 through the Health Services & Policy Research Support Network (HSPRSN) Partnership Program to researchers applying to peer-reviewed national or international competitions, such as PHSI.

"The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research is pleased to be helping researchers like Drs. Penning and Cloutier ensure health care providers and administrators have the evidence they need to make informed decisions," said Dr. Diane Finegood, MSFHR president & CEO. "This partnership with CIHR is one way we ensure new knowledge is translated into day-to-day health care delivery, ultimately leading to improved health outcomes for British Columbians and all Canadians."
Since 2005, MSFHR has granted more than 20 HSPRSN Partnership Awards totaling more than $2 million. A total of $226,000 is available for the 2012 competition. The deadline for applications is 4:30 p.m. (PDT) on September 17, 2012.