hard. Vorvis and Rachel Syme of theUniversity of Calgary are co-leadinga study to find out why more seniorsaren’t in clinical research and howbetter to recruit them.
The AHS-supported study, calledRetiring Minds Want to Know:Understanding Seniors KnowledgeAbout Research, is funded by AlbertaInnovates – Health Solutions (AIHS).The project includes surveying upto 150 seniors at the Kerby Centre inCalgary and the Seniors Associationof Greater Edmonton (SAGE). Projectfindings will be followed up by focusgroups.
By better understanding why
many older adults are not involved
in research “we can do a better job of
inviting them to take part and letting
them know the important role they
could play in that research,” says
Heather Hanson, a PhD researcher and
AHS’s assistant scientific director for
the Seniors Health Strategic Clinical
She says many factors could
influence older adults’ participation
in research: “It could be they suspect
researchers, they don’t know how
the research will be used, or whether
family or other health professionals
may use seniors’ health information in
a negative way.”
Hanson stresses: “We are very
careful about how we collect and
protect information, and we keep
research participants’ best interests at
the forefront of our
minds.” As well, health research
funded by AHS and AIHS complies
with privacy rules set out by the
province’s Health Information Act.
Esmail wants seniors to be involvedin research. “They can add to theknowledge and understanding of hownew advances in health and medicinework in people their age,” Esmail says.“And having seniors involved helpsresearchers get what they need todevelop the right treatments for
— Dawna Freeman
For more information about the RetiringMinds Want to Know research project,contact Rosmin Esmail at 403-944-4865or Suzanne Vorvis at 403-239-6065.
Seniors can add to the
knowledge and understanding
of advances in health and
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