Maureen Markle-ReidPerson-Centered Interventions for Older Adults with Multimorbidity & Their Caregivers
Faculty of Health Sciences
Department of Nursing
MCMASTER EXPERTS PROFILE
Enhancing the quality of life of older adults with multiple chronic conditions, and of their family caregivers, and reducing demand for health services.
One third of older adults in Canada have three or more chronic conditions. These adults take an average of five or more prescription medications, have higher rates of health care use and costs and are at particularly high risk for falls, hospitalization and death.
Dr. Maureen Markle-Reid, Canada Research Chair in Person-Centred Interventions for Older Adults with Multimorbidity and their Caregivers, is developing and evaluating innovative interventions to reduce the burden and impact of chronic disease on older adults and their family caregivers.
Markle-Reid’s focus is on frail older home-care clients, stroke survivors who use home care, and older adults with Type 2 diabetes—all of whom have multiple chronic conditions. She is also developing strategies to enhance the uptake and spread of evidence-driven fall prevention techniqies for older adults among community-based providers.
Markle-Reid’s research will improve knowledge of the prevalence, determinants and costs of multiple chronic conditions. It will also provide knowledge of new and innovative strategies designed to enhance health outcomes and improve access to health services for older adults and their family caregivers, increasing the body of research on aging and quality of life.