About Us

This research project represents a collaborative effort between the Fraser Health Authority (FHA) and the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) in validating the electronic Frailty Index calculation based on the electronic Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (eFI-CGA). The project received research funding support from the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR-PJT-156210). In partnership with the Community Action and Resources Empowering Seniors (CARES) program, a clinical program that empowers seniors to age well and live a higher quality of life within their community for longer, our goal is to enable widespread application of the eFI-CGA for more effective early detection and management of frailty at points of older-adult care. The Web-based eFI-CGA was built based on the Standalone version of the software tool for more convenient access and effective data collection. The Web application development received funding support from the Canadian Frailty Network (CFN-CARES2020: Dr. Grace Park, project lead and principal investigator; Dr. Xiaowei Song, co-principal investigator and scientific lead; Dr. Kenneth Rockwood, co-investigator and creator of the Frailty Index and the CGA form). A group of computer science students from Simon Fraser University (SFU) and the University of British Columbia (UBC) who were research assistants for the FHA worked on the web software development, supported by additional student research assistants at FHA.

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Project Investigators

Grace Park, MD, CCMP, MBA

Dr. Park is the FHA Medical Director of Primary Care who led the CARES program, allocated the CFN funding, and provided primary care consultation and user feedback.

Xiaowei Song, PhD, MSCS

Dr. Song is a senior Clinical Scientist who conceptualized the application, managed the project development and the research team, and supervised the students.

Kenneth Rockwood, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Rockwood is the NSHA Senior Director of Acute Medicine who defined the FI approach and the CGA form, provided geriatric medicine consultation and user feedback.

Project Development and Support Team

Kash Khodabakhshi

SFU student research assistant at FH, who led the software development, development environment set up, and coded the Web application including the assessment page.

Kiarash Kianpoor

SFU student research assistant at FH, who co-led the software development towards its first release, and coded the Web application including user and data access controls.

Kattie Sepehri

UBC student research assistant at FH, who co-led the software development towards its first release, and coded the Standalone and Web applications.

Erin Desaulniers

SFU student research assistant at FH, who searched for the choice of the Web application platform, and coded the Web application including the system structure user interface.

Stanley Kwok

SFU student research assistant at FH, who coded and optimized multiple functionalities of the Web application including user feedback and forms display.

Hilary Low

Research Coordinator at FH, who provided support for project and team management, and for software testing, debugging, and documenting.

Kuljeet Atwal

Research Coordinator at FH, who provided valuable end-user feedback and perspectives to improving the design, user interface, and usability for clinical application.

Riley Chang

QU student research assistant at FH, who helped with project administration, technical development activities, documentation, and the displayed website materials.

Margit Glashutter

SFU student research assistant at FH, who helped with project administration and document preparation, and the update of the displayed website materials.

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