Professor presents to House of Commons standing committee
On Oct. 31, Carole Estabrooks and Dorothy (Dot) Pringle travelled to Ottawa and presented a brief to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health with respect to the committee’s ongoing study on chronic disease and aging. Estabrooks was invited to speak about the Translating Research in Elder Care (TREC) research program, a five-year study funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
In the program, the researchers will explore the factors that influence the use of “best practices” by staff providing care in long-term care facilities in the three Canadian Prairie provinces, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. They also look at how the organizational environment and the use of best practices influence resident and system outcomes. The research program has three major projects and a series of pilot studies, which will look across many levels within long-term care, for example, provinces, regions, facilities, units within facilities and individuals. Pringle chairs TREC’s International Scientific Advisory Committee.
Their brief focused on dementia as a driver of nursing home admission and on the urgent need for a co-ordinated federal and provincial response to issues in nursing homes of quality of care, quality of daily life, quality of end of life and quality of work life, as well as the urgent need for capacity-building in the applied health services research area focused on aging.
After their testimony, they took questions from the members of Parliament who sit on the health standing committee. Members from all parties expressed considerable interest in the idea of a national long-term care insurance act paralleling the Canada Health Act.
More on this idea can be found in HealthCare Papers, which has published two special issues on long-term health care. For more information on TREC, go to www.trec.ualberta.ca.