Sub-Project F:  Moving Research Outcomes into Action:  Beginning with the End-User in Mind 

Research Team: Heather McKay (co-leader), Vicky Scott (co-leader), Joanie Sims-Gould (co-leader), Fabio Feldman, Stephen Robinovitch

The aim of this Sub-project is to engage stakeholders in the design, implementation and dissemination of our research.

To do this we are using  a multi-method research model that builds upon existing knowledge and relationships, and contributes new approaches to understanding the nature of fall risk and prevention in real-life settings. Of particular note is our focus on multiple levels of influence including residents, family members, LTC staff members, management, health professionals, government (regional and provincial) and fall prevention researchers. We are also evaluating  how end users understand fall monitoring technologies (e.g. video capture and wearable sensors) and how these tools can be designed to maximize user uptake and impact. We are currently completing a scoping review of the literature on implementation of technology in residential care, we have presented to a number of stakeholder audiences and we have conducted our initial focus groups with staff and residents at two facilities.  In the coming year we will be applying for a grant to look at novel ways of using the falls video capture recordings for education and health promotion initiatives.

Two educational video projects that have been created within this knowledge translation agenda include Supporting Knowledge for Injury Prevention in Seniors (SKIPS) and Aging is a Contact Sport: Hip Protectors.