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Happy Holidays

From everyone here at TREC we want to send you our warmest wishes for the holiday season. May your holidays be all wrapped up with cheer and filled with celebration for the New Year. Thank you for your support of and interest in TREC.

While preparing for the holidays we also

Wrapped up Wave 2 data collection

In addition to the holidays, we are also celebrating the end of our TMS wave 2 data collection! We wrapped up our data collection in December. We want to thank our staff for their fantastic efforts to make this happen, and especially the tireless efforts of our 30 data collectors who are certain to make it onto Santa's nice list! Together they've collected data from 5500 long term care staff from 94 facilities across British Columbia, Alberta, and Manitoba. 

SALTY Stream 1 research update

If we can't measure it, we can't change it

Our SALTY Stream 1 project is part of the larger Canadian SALTY initiative. SALTY (Seniors Adding Life to Years) is a project that aims to add quality to late life for people living in nursing homes and their caregivers, including family, friends, and volunteers. The goal of our Stream 1 project is to develop a way for researchers, policy makers and care facilities to validate and accurately measure quality of end of life care in nursing homes on an ongoing basis.

In the TREC Trajectories work, we have identified a list of 21 burdensome symptoms and 11 potentially inappropriate care practices at the end of life in nursing homes that we can measure using RAI-MDS 2.0 items. Currently, we are working with key regional and provincial health decision makers, managers and care providers in care facilities, and residents and their family members on prioritizing these outcomes to reduce the number of items on the list. This will facilitate our data analyses and the development of a longitudinal profile to monitor and improve quality of care at the end of life in nursing homes.
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Getting to know TREC series

#2 - Advancing affordable quality care

What happens if you give front line care providers the tools to make change? What happens when the people who provide more than 80% of the direct care in nursing homes lead changes?

Safer care for older persons in residential environments (SCOPE) examines the effects of empowering care aides to take the lead on quality improvement strategies within their units—a bottom-up model for change. SCOPE was motivated by patterns identified in the TREC 1.0 TMS data. Care aides reported high levels of emotional exhaustion and cynicism, but also reported high levels of a sense of meaning and purpose in their work. This triggered the idea that empowering care aides to participate in change and quality initiatives, and in fact lead them, might access significant untapped care aide potential.

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Getting to know TREC series

#3 - Accelerating spread of quality care

How do you spread innovation in the long-term care sector? One way is to engage the people who are asked for advice by others.

Social network analysis is a technique used to map networks of people and the ties that connect them. The TREC study of advice-seeking networks in long-term care used this approach to identify informal advice-seeking networks. The study mapped networks among Canada’s nursing home leaders and networks among nursing homes themselves.

This study identified a nation-wide network structure in long-term care, tied together through informal advice-seeking relationships—a single advice-seeking network that spans the country, plus highly developed regional networks.

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Welcome to our

New SCOPE Quality Advisor

Laurie Taylor joins TREC in Edmonton as the SCOPE project's Quality Advisor for Alberta. She brings with her more than 20 years of experience in quality and patient safety. For that past 4 years, she was in a leadership role for quality, safety, simulation and education at Alberta Health Services. Laurie has previously worked in leadership positions at the Canadian Patient Safety Institute and at the Institute of Health Services and Policy Research at CIHR. She is very excited to support our work in the long term care sector in Alberta.


New TREC publication

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Health of health care workers in Canadian nursing homes and pediatric hospitals: a cross-sectional study

Hoben M, Knopp-Sihota JA, Nesari M, Chamberlain SA, Squires JE, Norton PG, Cummings GG, Stevens BJ, Estabrooks CA


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