Nancy Santesso and Holger Schünemann
Practice guidelines provide guidance to assist health care providers and patients to make health care decisions. These guidelines, however, are typically written for health care professionals but could be an excellent source of evidence based information to communicate to people seeking information. At McMaster University, we produce many guidelines that are directly relevant to healthy aging and could be made available on the McMaster Optimal Aging Portal.
John N. Lavis, Brian Haynes, Maureen Dobbins, Anthony Levinson, Parminder Raina, Sandra Carroll, Michael McGillion and Dawn Stacey
Patient decision aids are "tools that help people become involved in decision making by making explicit the decision that needs to be made, providing information about the options and outcomes, and by clarifying personal values" (source: OHRI: Patient Decision Aids). This project will set up a mechanism to add to the McMaster Optimal Aging Portal content from a citizen-focused evidence database of decision aids through a collaboration with University of Ottawa, and will include pilot monitoring and evaluation work on this proposed new feature of the Portal.
Maureen Dobbins, Sarah Neil-Sztramko, Julie Richardson, Jenna Smith, Susannah Watson
The McMaster Optimal Aging Portal was launched in 2014 to increase public access to trustworthy health information. The Portal helps readers to access evidence-based resources; identify trustworthy messages; and understand scientific findings. Now we want to know whether using the Portal changes what people know and do to stay healthy and mobile as they age.
This project will help us to:
1) Understand how older adults (age 65+) use the Portal to obtain information about maintaining and improving mobility.
2) Evaluate whether or not use of the Portal results in a change in knowledge or behaviour that may help maintain or improve mobility with age.
Alfonso Iorio, Rebecca Ganann, Stephen J. Gentles, Ruta Valaitis, Cynthia Lokker
The Optimal Aging Portal is valuable source of health research information for aging Canadians. Feedback suggests that alternative ways of communicating OAP Evidence Summaries may be needed to better address diverse older adult user needs. This project will: