July 14, 2019

C3 Research Network Application Ranked #1 in the CIHR Transitions in Care Team Grant Competition

Dr. Kirsten Fiest leads team to win the CIHR Transitions in Care Team Grant Competition.

We are excited to announce that Dr. Kirsten Fiest, Dr. Jeanna Parsons Leigh, Dr. Tom Stelfox, Dr. Daniel Niven, Dr. Sharon Straus and patient partners Christian Farrier, Nadine Foster, Shelly Kupsch, Peter Oxland and Bonnie Sept have successfully received the CIHR Transitions in Care Team Grant. The application (explained below) ranked first in the competition.

The team was awarded over $900,000 to improve the care and health of critically ill patients as they transition from the intensive care unit to the hospital and home. This was a national effort with collaborators and partner organizations spanning the country. 

 

 

The Application:

Nominated Principal Applicant: Dr. Kirsten Fiest

Principal Applicants: Christian Farrier, Nadine Foster, Shelly Kupsch, Dr. Daniel Niven, Peter Oxland, Dr. Jeanna Parsons Leigh, Bonnie Sept, Dr. Thomas Stelfox, Dr. Sharon Straus

Title: Co-designing a Patient and Family Caregiver-Oriented Transitions in Care Bundle Research Proposal

This tool will encourage patients and their families to reach out to other patients and families for peer support.

Lay Summary: Patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) are very sick. When a patient leaves the ICU they may have a change in their health that is new to them and their family members, such as new medical problems or new medications. When a patient leaves an ICU they can move to another part of the hospital or go home. Moving from the ICU to other parts of the hospital can be confusing and stressful for a patient and family because there will be new doctors and nurses and it will look and work differently than the ICU. The only people who remain the same when a patient moves from the ICU are the patient and their family. It makes sense that patients and their family should be at the center of their care as they move from across the healthcare system. The goal of this study is to build a tool that puts the patient and their family at the center and in control of their care. The tool will help family caregivers be involved in the patient’s care while they are in the ICU. This tool will teach patients and families about the care a patient got in the ICU, the care the patient needs after the ICU, and medical problems the patient may still have. This tool will encourage patients and their families to reach out to other patients and families for peer support. This tool will improve communication between patients, families, doctors and nurses. These actions will put the patient and their family in control of their care. Once built, this tool will make the care that a patient receives better and more adapted to that patient’s needs. The tool will also help patients have better recoveries from their sickness. This tool will be made with and used by patients, families, doctors and nurses. This will make sure the tool is easy to understand and useful for all patients and their families. When patients and families have more knowledge, are involved in the patient’s care and can communicate with patients, families, nurses and caregivers, they are put in in control of their care.

 

We are excited to work on this grant together!

 

This could not  have been possible without all the hard work from everyone involved.

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