Earlier this year, the Canadian Frailty Priority Setting Partnership — which is funded by the Canadian Frailty Network (CFN) — conducted a survey of healthcare professionals to help establish research priorities exploring care, support and treatment for older adults who are frail.
The Partnership has compiled the results of this survey into ten research priorities, listed below:
Top Ten Frailty Research Priorities
- How can health systems be organized to provide integrated/coordinated care that would better meet the health and social care needs of older adults living with frailty, and their family/caregivers?
- How can care, services and treatments be tailored to meet the needs of older adults living with frailty who are isolated and/or without family/caregiver support or advocates?
- What is the impact of community- and home-based services, programs and resources in preventing and managing frailty (including slowing progression and/or minimizing the impact of frailty)?
- What are the costs and benefits of alternative models of housing, including multigenerational or shared living, for older adults living with frailty?
- What would help avoid unnecessary hospitalizations and emergency department visits for older adults living with frailty?
- What frailty-related attitudes, skills and knowledge should health and social care providers have? What are effective ways of improving attitudes and providing skills and knowledge about frailty for health and social care providers?
- What would help older adults living with frailty and their family/caregivers recognize when living at home is no longer viable?
- What are effective ways of supporting family/caregivers of older adults living with frailty to maintain their own health and wellbeing and/or that of older adults living with frailty?
- How can frailty measures be used by health care practitioners, older adults and family/caregivers to inform treatment and care decisions?
- What is the impact of exercise and physical activity (including type, duration and intensity) in preventing and managing frailty (including slowing progression and/or minimizing the impact of frailty)?
Moving forward, the CFN will leverage these priorities as it develops intervention and implementation projects.
To learn more about the priorities and the next steps of the project, please click here.