Two members of the Faculty of Health Sciences have recently been awarded funding through the Canadian Frailty Network.
John You and Deborah Cook were among the nation-wide recipients sharing an $8 million investment. The funding is aimed at boosting Canada's knowledge base and body of evidence to transform care for older adults living with frailty.
You, an associate professor of medicine and health research methods, evidence and impact, received a grant of $2.6 million to lead five research teams that are working together to develop a new comprehensive suite of advance care planning tools tailored to older Canadians. This will increase uptake, impact and access to advance care planning across primary care, long-term care and hospital settings. Michelle Howard, assistant professor of family medicine, and Sharon Kaasalainen, associate professor of nursing, are also part of this interdisciplinary team.
Cook, a professor of medicine and health research methods, evidence and impact, was awarded $1.1 million for a clinical trial. This study will test the effect of probiotics to prevent the development of infections in critically-ill patients needing advanced life support on a breathing machine. Older adults often have poor outcomes following admission to the intensive care unit, and are prone to lung infections, particularly ventilator‐associated pneumonia.
The Canadian Frailty Network reports that seniors aged 65 and older account for nearly $100 billion in health-care spending annually.