Research

We are currently leading or partnering on the following research projects:

Title: A Training Needs Assessment (TNA) of Specialized Geriatric Service (SGS) Clinicians

About The Study: We are looking for clinicians/healthcare providers who work with seniors to participate in a provincial training needs assessment via an online survey. This includes clinicians/healthcare professionals who work in specialized geriatric services (SGS), and healthcare providers who work with seniors (but not in SGS). Non-regulated health professions/providers are eligible to complete the surveys.

 

For more information and to access the survey links, please view the recruitment poster or email Stacey Hawkins.

To download a paper copy of the survey to help you prepare your responses, please select the appropriate version:

***Please note that we are unable to accept paper versions of the survey. All responses must be submitted using the online survey tool.

Principal Investigator (PI): 

Stacey A. Hawkins, Director of Research and Evaluation, Seniors Care Network; Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ontario Tech University; Interdisciplinary Fellow, Canadian Frailty Network

External Funder/Sponsor:

The researcher is funded by the Canadian Frailty Network (Technology Evaluation in the Elderly Network), which is supported by the Government of Canada through the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) program.

This study has been reviewed by the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (Ontario Tech University) Research Ethics Board (#16336) on July 19, 2021.

Collaborators:

Tamara Nowak-Lennard, North Simcoe Muskoka Specialized Geriatric Services Program

Kelly Kay, Provincial Geriatrics Leadership Ontario (PGLO)

Provincial Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA) Knowledge to Action Working Group

Title: Caregiver perspectives of the unintended consequences of the COVID-19 institutional visitation restrictions

About The Study: The aim of this study was to understand the experiences of family or friend caregivers who were separated from an older adult who they support due to institutional visiting restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recruitment for this study is complete.

Principal Investigator (PI): 

Stacey A. Hawkins, Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ontario Tech University; Director of Research and Evaluation, Seniors Care Network; Interdisciplinary Fellow, Canadian Frailty Network

Co-Investigators:

Sarah Carbone, Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation, University of Toronto; Canadian Frailty Network

Molly Gallibois, University of New Brunswick; Canadian Frailty Network

Julie Reid, McMaster University; Canadian Frailty Network

Julia Shaw, University of Ottawa; Canadian Frailty Network

External Funder/Sponsor:

The researchers are funded by the Canadian Frailty Network (Technology Evaluation in the Elderly Network), which is supported by the Government of Canada through the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) program.

This study has been reviewed by the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (Ontario Tech University) Research Ethics Board (#16186) on March 12, 2021.

Exploring The Qualitative Shadowing Method: The Role Of The Geriatric Emergency Management Nurse – a project to identify the role of the GEM nurse in hospital organizations [S. Hawkins]. Research Collaborators: Ontario Tech University, University of Waterloo

Collaborative Development Of A Core Set Of Caregiver Experience Measurement Items For Specialized Geriatric Services In Ontario – a project to develop common set of core survey items for measuring the patient experience in SGS [R. Schwartz]. Research Collaborators: RGP of Eastern Ontario, Northeast Regional Geriatric Centre and RGP of Southeastern Ontario.

Related Resources: Older Adult Experience Survey and Implementation Guide

Related Article: Gilsenan, R., Schwartz, R., Gutmanis, I. A., Day, A. M., Ryan, D. P., Brander, R. R., Milne, K., & Molnar, F. (2021). Collaborative Development of an Older Adult Experience Survey for Specialized Geriatric Services. Canadian Geriatrics Journal, 24(2), 96-110. https://doi.org/10.5770/cgj.24.487

Comparison of Publically Funded Dementia Assessment and Care Services in the Central East LHIN (Canadian Consortium on Neuro-degeneration and Aging (CCNA) ROSA-LHIN Extension Study) – study designed as an extension to the study “Assessing care models implemented in primary health care for persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders” (Bergman & Vedel), part of the portfolio of research underway through the CCNA, ROSA Team. The ROSA-LHIN Extension Study is evaluating the three different models of memory services in the Central East LHIN: primary care, mental-health/psychiatry, and SGS (i.e. GAIN). The Principal Investigator is Dr. Jenny Ingram. [S. Hawkins, K. Kay, R. Schwartz]. Research Collaborators: McGill University, McMaster University

We are currently supporting the following research projects:

Title: Examining the needs of health professionals for increasing disclosures of elder maltreatment

For more information, please view the recruitment poster or email Dr. Joshua Wyman.

About the Study:

Health professionals are often the primary witnesses and disclosure recipients of older adult maltreatment. For this reason, this study is designed to gather information from health professionals to improve the identification, assessment and reporting procedures for helping older adults in situations involving possible maltreatment.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • You are a health professional (e.g., nurses, physicians, PSWs, social workers, and etc.) working directly with older adults in health, social service or long-term care settings.
  • You work in Ontario, Canada.

Participation Involves:

  • A video interview with Dr. Joshua Wyman on your experiences reporting older adult maltreatment.
  • Completing questionnaires.

Location:

This study will be completed online over the Doxy.me telemedicine platform at a time of your convenience.

Compensation:

A $50 Amazon e-gift card will be emailed to you after completing this study.

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Joshua Wyman, PhD, Banting Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Ontario Tech University

External Funder/Sponsor:

The researcher is funded by a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

This study has been reviewed by the Ontario Tech University Research Ethics Board (File#16159).

If you are interested in participating in this study, please email Dr. Joshua Wyman at joshua.wyman@ontariotechu.ca for more information about this study. Dr Wyman will answer any questions you have about participating in this study, and he can email you a copy of the consent form that describes this study in greater detail.

Title: Leaving long-term care during a global pandemic: decision-making and experiences of older adults, caregivers and care providers in Ontario

For more information, please view the recruitment poster or email Sarah Carbone.

About the Study:

The aim of this study is to explore Ontarians’ decisions about staying in, or leaving, long-term care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are looking for older adults (aged 65+), family or friend caregivers, and care providers who considered, experienced, or supported a transition from a long-term care home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible participants will be invited to one 30- to 60-minute phone or Zoom interview to share their experience.

Principal Investigator:

Sarah Carbone, PhD Candidate, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto; Doctoral Fellow, Canadian Institutes of Health Research

External Funder/Sponsor:

The researcher is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s Institute of Aging, VHA Home HealthCare and the Canadian Frailty Network (Technology Evaluation in the Elderly Network), which is supported by the Government of Canada through the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) program.

This study has been reviewed by the University of Toronto’s Research Ethics Board (#41349) on August 30, 2021.

 

Laura I.L. Poulin, PhD Cand., Trent University

Project Title: Transitional Care of Rural Older Adults: Understanding Older Adult Health Construction and the Influence of Multidimensional Contexts on the Transitional Care of Older Adults in Rural Communities

PhD Supervisor: Dr. Mark Skinner (Trent University)

PhD Committee: Dr. Mark Skinner, Dr. Mary Fox, and Dr. Donna Patrick

Laura Poulin is a PhD Candidate at Trent University interested in the dynamic interplay between older adults, health and rural communities. The main focus of her research is the transitional care of rural older adults. Laura has an extensive background in health care working with older adults in rural communities and started her career as a Social Worker and a Recreation Therapist in Long-Term Care. After receiving her Masters in Health Administration, she conducted project management in senior’s residential care in the private sector. More recently, Laura worked in acute care consulting on older adults with complex needs. It is through this extensive experience that Laura is inspired to leverage research to improve the care of older adults in rural communities.

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