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CHAP awarded grant to support cross-disciplinary and cross organizational research.


In May 2005, The Centre For Healthy Aging at Providence (CHAP), in cooperation with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), was awarded one of five grants to support cross-disciplinary and cross organizational research. In responding to applications for investigative team development proposals, principal investigator Dr. Jean Kozak, Research Director (CHAP), along with Co-Principal Investigator Ms. Nancy Rigg, Executive Director of the Community Care Network (VCH), formed a team of respected researchers and decision makers, representing the five health authorities, the Ministry of Health Services, The University of British Columbia and the University of Victoria, to create capacity for conducting health services research in the field of seniors and community care.



The BC Home and Community Care Research Network (HCCRN) has three main objectives:


   1. Capacity Building:
Establish infrastructure to increase capacity for       research and knowledge exchange within B.C.'s home and community sector, and enhance stakeholders’ capacity to conduct health system research and use timely evidence-based information in creating health policy.


   2. Research: Conduct high quality research to measure at a population level, transitions in seniors’ health and service provision and evaluate the effects of such transitions on health outcomes, quality of life, service utilization, and service providers’ quality of life, and generate new knowledge through a program of research focusing on four key areas identified as priorities by Network members.


   3. Knowledge Translation & Exchange: Develop and implement a strategy for multi-directional knowledge transfer and utilization.


HCCRN Research Theme Areas include:


1.Assisted Living


The AL Team has identified the evaluation of AL as a priority research project. It will undertake research to identify and develop a core set of valid and reliable indicators that will enable evaluation, comparison and benchmarking within this housing option in a consistent and comprehensive manner.


2.Dementia


The Dementia Team will investigate models of care delivery, care pathways and care outcomes for those diagnosed with dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.


3.Indicators


This Team will identify and develop indicators to provide new insights into the effectiveness of specific interventions and to develop benchmarking capability regionally, provincially, and nationally. The goal is to link these indicators to existing population health data (e.g., National Population Health Survey, BC linked databases and Canadian Census).


4.Seniors-at-Risk


Social & Geographic Isolation: This Team is in the process of identifying research questions related to home care support services in the North.


Ethnocultural Minority Older Adults: An Advisory Committee is being formed to identify issues related to Ethnic Minority Older Adults (EMOA) across the province.


Please visit www.hccrn.com for more information about the BC Home & Community Care Research Network.

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