Research Overview

What Does the Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Aging do?

As Chair, Dr. Markle-Reid aims to achieve research excellence in promoting optimal aging at home for older adults with multiple chronic medical condition and support their family caregivers. She engages researchers, community providers, patients, caregivers and decision-makers in her research to help innovate strategies to improve the delivery and outcomes of care for these older adults.

As a Canada Research Chair, she also mentors and invests in Master of Science (MSc) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) student trainees by welcoming them into a promising learning environment where they are involved in all aspects of the research program, including protocol development, data collection and analysis, evaluation of implementation and writing

 

Research Themes


Implementation Science

Many effective healthcare interventions never get rolled-out in actual practice settings. Can these failures be attributed to the design of the interventions? Or, are these failures due to the improper delivery of the interventions? Implementation science addresses these challenging questions.


Measurement & Evaluation

Are our health innovations having the intended effect? To find the answer, we look to measurement and evaluation. Measurement focuses on indicators, or those regularly reported measures that can provide relevant and actionable information about population health or health system performance. Evaluation is a systematic assessment of a policy, program or service based on a set of pre-determined criteria. Measurement and evaluation underpin all efforts to improve the healthcare system.


Patient & Public Engagement (PPE)

How does CRC research remain relevant and focused on the issues and priorities of greatest concern to older adults with multiple chronic conditions (MCC)? The answer is by making patient and public engagement (PPE) in research a priority. When patients and the public have opportunities for meaningful and active collaboration with researchers, the result is accountable, transparent and insightful research.


Intervention Design

Interventions are strategies developed to achieve a goal or set of goals. Intervention design refers to the evidence-based, creative processes used to develop promising new strategies. CRC interventions promote optimal aging at home for older adults with MCC and they include programs featuring nurse-led navigation of healthcare services, self-management support, holistic care and family caregiver engagement.


Knowledge Translation (KT)

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) defines KT as "a dynamic and iterative process that includes synthesis, dissemination, exchange and ethically sound application of knowledge to improve the health of Canadians, provide more effective health services and products and strengthen the health care system."


E-Health

E-health is a dynamic and emerging area of research that involves the use of information and communication technology to bring about improvements in patient care and provider practice.  Interventions developed by Dr. Markle-Reid incorporate an e-health component so that care providers, patients and families can benefit from real-time communication, information sharing and decision support.