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Research in Progress

Enhancing Home Care Rehabilitation through Better Use of Health Information

Enhancing Home Care Rehabilitation through Better Use of Health Information
Principal Investigator: Paul Stolee
Investigator(s): Katherine Berg, Kerry Byrne, Bert Chesworth, Richard Cook, Mary Egan, John Hirdes, Susan Jaglal, Jeff Poss, Jennie Wells, Mu Zhu

Many older home care clients who would benefit from rehabilitation do not receive any type of rehabilitation therapy. We propose that home care rehabilitation for persons with musculoskeletal disorders could be enhanced through better use of available health information. Despite major investments in health information systems in home care, there has been limited use of these systems for care planning and decision-making. We aim: 1) to engage home care administrators and clinicians in improving the understanding and use of health information for rehabilitation clients; and 2) to define and enhance the role of rehabilitation in home care, through advanced statistical analyses of a large existing database with comprehensive health information on over 300,000 home care clients. Home care clinicians and administrators will provide input into the statistical analyses, and work with the research team to understand how health information system data can be used more effectively to provide rehabilitations services for home care clients. As well as enhancing the role of rehabilitation in home care, this research will have great significance for efforts to realize the potential of information systems in other parts of the health system.

Funding source: Canadian Institutes of Health Research