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INTPART-International Partnerships for Excellent Education and Research

An International Network to Enhance Older Adult Transitions between Emergency Departments & Communities (iNET)

Alternative title: Et internasjonalt forskernettverk for å forbedre pasientforløp mellom legevakt/akuttmottak og de kommunale helse- og omsorgstjenestene

Awarded: NOK 4.5 mill.

iNET will create a world-class network of researchers, healthcare decision makers and providers, and students with the collective expertise to develop and test strategies to improve older adult care transitions from the community to emergency departments (hospital and community based) and back. Team members will first collaborate to define best care transition practices and evaluation methods, second will assess the ways in which different healthcare policies and structures impact these practices, and third will identify existing administrative data systems that are available to directly compare how different kinds of care transitions work. Network activities will consist of five 3-day workshops interspersed with student training plus faculty exchanges. In 2021 we have commenced on writing a scoping review related to quality enhancement of care transfers from nursing homes to hospitals, and furthermore, a systematic work to investigate contextual differences between Manitoba, Canada, and Norway that influence care transitions from nursing homes. The project is led by the Centre for Care Research ? Western Norway, at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL), with two Canadian institutions, the University of Manitoba, UM; the University of Alberta, and NORCE (National Centre for Emergency Primary Care) as partners.

iNET relates to and builds on two ongoing projects funded by the Research Council of Norway and led by the Centre for Care Research (CCR) at the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL): WELCARE (2019-24) and (PRIMORE (2018-21), see attached project description for details. Each of these projects study manners to improve ED transitions for older adults. iNET builds thematically on these projects and fulfills the objectives of INTPART by (1) engaging with two well-known Canadian institutions (the University of Manitoba, UM; the University of Alberta; UA), both of which are renowned for their international research and faculty with established relevant expertise; (2) ensuring that iNET engages formally across institutions to help optimize and sustain our program success; (3) interacting with healthcare stakeholders in ways that help to ensure that our products have ‘real-world’ impact, and; (4) improving post-graduate student training (e.g., advancing curricula; providing international exchanges; creating international co-advisory committees), to successfully train future health services research leaders. iNET will create a world-class network of researchers, healthcare decision makers & providers, and students with the collective expertise to develop and test strategies to improve older adult care transitions from the community (comm) to emergency departments (ED) / hospitals (H) and back (comm?ED/H) (TABLE 1) . Network activities will consist of five 3-day workshops interspersed with student training plus faculty exchanges. Team members will first collaborate to define best comm?ED/H transition practices & evaluation methods, second will assess the ways in which different healthcare policies & structures impact these practices, and third will identify existing administrative data systems that are available to directly compare how different kinds of comm?ED/H transitions work.

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