ACTing Collectively to Map and Address the Needs of Community-living Older Adults in Nova Scotia
The ACTing Collectively research project will pilot an innovative approach to gathering data on the needs of, and available resources for, community-living older adults to age well in communities. The project’s focus on aging well in communities addresses the Nova Scotia Health Research Fund priority of aging and continuing care, and will inform Primary Health Care, Nova Scotia Health’s (PHC-NSH), wellness strategy.

CLOSER MS: Communicating with Local or Distance Caregivers Offering Support and Electronic Resources
The purpose of the CLOSER MS study is to test the effectiveness of two telehealth interventions aimed at supporting care partners of people living with multiple sclerosis (MS). The two interventions being studied include a low-resource protocol where participants have access to an informative website, as well as a high-resource, highly tailored tele-coaching intervention delivered by an advanced practice social worker paired with access to the informative website.

The Impact of COVID-19 on Nova Scotians Living with Chronic Conditions
The aim of this study is to understand the impact that COVID-19 has had on Nova Scotians who live with two or more chronic health conditions. The study team will set out to gain an understanding of participants’ perceptions of:

  • The impact COVID-19 has and continues to have on their health, health care, and personal lives.
  • Their perspectives on possible mitigation and recovery strategies and directions for the “new normal” in health care delivery will be explored.

The Managing Fatigue Network
The Managing Fatigue Network, which is currently being developed, will be a website-based platform that allows both clients and therapists to learn about the Managing Fatigue Program. Occupational therapists interested in administering the intervention can register and complete their training via the Fatigue Network and access the intervention manuals and content.  

NS PCP: Nova Scotia Primary Care Perceptions of COVID-19
This qualitative study is looking to understand the perceived impact of COVID-19 on Nova Scotian primary care providers (PCPs,  e.g. nurse practitioners, physicians, social workers, pharmacists, family practice nurses, allied health professionals) and their capacity to manage and respond to this global pandemic. 

The Patient Reported Inventory of Self-Management of Chronic Conditions
Our aim is to improve chronic condition management by developing a feasible, patient-centred measure of self-management that will become the primary instrument for both clinical care and research. It will be designed for patients with complex needs and/or multi-morbidity, whose self-management needs are the most difficult for providers and systems to meet.

(CIHR – Robert Faubert photo)

The purpose of this study is to compare the effect of three modes of delivering the Managing Fatigue course—teleconference, internet, and one-on-one—on outcomes important to people with MS (i.e., fatigue and its impact on physical, mental, and social function).

(Illustration by Wunder)