Building a better health-care system for older Canadians

May 17, 2018 | Health, Impact Updates, informed

Andrew Costa, McMaster University’s inaugural Schlegel Research Chair in Clinical Epidemiology and Aging,  uses data from home care, long-term care, hospitals and emergency departments, to understand how the health-care system is responding to the needs of older adults, as well as to develop better models of care. He believes there is room for improvement through innovation.

A current project garnering attention among his peers and the public is the DIVERT-Care trial. The initiative is one of the largest home care trials in Canada. Working  with health-care professionals in regions of Ontario, Newfoundland and B.C., Costa is looking to understand why many older home care patients end up in emergency waiting rooms. More