CBPHC Innovation team: Jenny Ploeg

Project title

Innovative community-based approaches to promote optimal aging for older adults with multiple chronic conditions and their caregivers

Principal investigators

  • Jenny Ploeg (McMaster University)
  • Debra A Bournes (University Health Network Toronto)
  • Maureen Frances Markle-Reid (McMaster University)

Focus

Given the unprecedented aging of the population, older adults with Multiple Chronic Conditions (MCC) are a public health priority. People with MCC account for 40 per cent of reported health care use among seniors in Canada, and the intensity of health care use increases as the number of chronic conditions increases. MCC can impair clients’ ability for self-management and adherence to treatment, which increases the probability of adverse health outcomes. The purpose of this research program is to develop and evaluate different combinations of innovative CBPHC interventions to promote optimal aging at home for older adults with MCC and to support their family caregivers. Our program will extend across Alberta and Ontario and will include research on perceptions of MCC management, MCC health outcomes and related costs, and the influence of demographic variables. Further, we plan to evaluate three CBPHC interventions and develop toolkits based on study findings to support clients and family caregivers. Our research program will result in knowledge that can be used to guide health services policy decisions and the allocation of resources in CBPHC for older adults with MCC across Canada.

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Funded By the CIHR Signature Initiative in Community-Based Primary Health Care.

Photo: Members of the research team

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