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Nursing faculty awarded CIHR grants for research on care for frail older adults

By Amanda Boundris
Published: November 2, 2011
Maureen Markle-Reid and Jenny Ploeg
Maureen Markle-Reid and Jenny Ploeg

Two faculty members from the School of Nursing (SON) were recently awarded grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

Maureen Markle-Reid, associate professor and acting assistant dean of research for the SON, was given a grant in the amount of $25,000 for her research on improving diabetes care for frail community-dwelling older adults with co-morbid chronic conditions.

"Approximately one-third of all cases of Type 2 Diabetes in older people are undiagnosed and untreated, and fewer than one in three adults with diabetes receive recommended care from health care professionals to prevent diabetes-related complications,' said Markle-Reid. "This CIHR Planning Grant will bring together provincial, national and international experts to discuss the needs, gaps, challenges, and opportunities for improving diabetes care for frail older adults with co-morbid chronic conditions living in the community.'

In addition, Jenny Ploeg, an associate professor with the SON, was awarded a grant for $24,500 to support a two-day knowledge translation workshop focused  on the development of consensus on research questions and promising intervention projects focused on improving community-based primary health care for frail older adults and their caregivers.

"There is great potential for preventing or delaying the onset of frailty and its adverse outcomes, and for improving the way we manage frailty,' said Ploeg. "We believe that this CIHR grant is a very important first step in developing research partnerships to address the issue of frailty."

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