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Research, the heart of health care


North Shore Health Research Foundation presents $10,000 cheque to Dr. Gary Andolfatto at Lions Gate Hospital to further his study of PRocedural Sedation and Analgesia

Left to Right: Dr. Maureen Ashe, Dolores Langford and Dr. Robert Fingland

North Vancouver - The North Shore Health Research Foundation (NSHRF) presented a $15,000 research grant to Principal Investigator, Dolores Langford, and Dr. Maureen Ashe for a pilot study that aims to measure the feasibility and acceptability of telephone support combined with education, compared to education alone for older adults (60+) returning home after hip fracture.

This pilot study is designed to support the transition from hospital to home, making it safer for older adults who often become overwhelmed after hospital discharge and may not persist with home exercise programs, essential for recovery. The research will take place at Lions Gate Hospital and will enrolled 30 eligibale participants from the othropaedic ward after hip fracture, and followed up after hospital discharge with telephone support, which has previously been shown to improve function, quality of life and reduce hospital re-admission rates.

Breaking a hip can have devastating consequenses on mobility and independence. The first few months after a hip fracture are pivotal in charting the course of recovery. We know that the key to a successful recovery after hip fracture depends on staying active, but older adults may need motivation in these crucial initial first few months. Extra support from a health professional may speed recovery, prevent future falls, or delay the need for supported living. This research will test whether telephone support is useful in helping older adults stay on track with their recovery goals, while re-enforcing the “Home is Best” policy.

“With are very grateful to the North Shore Health Research Foundation and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute for funding our research project. Our research will be of great benefit to those who are recovering from hip fracture, as we will be able to investigate key elements that support older adults to remain independent at home.” said Dolores Langford.

Dr. Robert Fingland, President of the NSHRF said, “Hip fracture is the most common traumatic injury of our aging population. Annually, there are around 300 hip fracture procedures at Lions Gate Hospital. Research is vital for advancing our knowledge to improve care procedures. We are pleased to provide financial support for this very worthwhile research project.”

North Shore Health Research Foundation (NSHRF), formerly Lions Gate Healthcare Research Foundation, was founded in 1963 by a dedicated group of Doctors and residents of the North Shore. Their dream and mandate was to establish a Foundation that would help fund much needed research in healthcare to benefit residents of the North Shore.

Vancouver Coastal Health provides a full range of health care services, ranging from hospital treatment to community-based residential, home health, mental health and public health services, to residents of Vancouver, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Richmond, and in the coastal mountain communities. VCH Research Institute is the research body of Vancouver Coastal Health. In academic partnership with the University of British Columbia, VCH Research Institute brings innovation and discovery to patient care.

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For more information contact:
Dr.Robert Fingland, President
North Shore Health Research Foundation