–Submitted by Fran Hensen
In Canada, hospital readmissions of patients with chronic disease may be preventable with improvements in home self-care, in-home monitoring, self-tracking, and engagement in self-management practices. Given this prevention perspective, the University of Victoria’s Institute on Aging & Lifelong Health has implemented an exciting two-year randomized controlled research study entitled the Victoria Assistive Devices and Coaching (VADAC) Study.
The goal of the study is to investigate the relative effectiveness of two treatments that may enhance the health and independence of seniors. One treatment group receives electronic devices (e.g., sleep pad, body scale, and a watch linked to an app on a tablet) installed in their homes and weekly calls from a self-management health coach, while the other group receives only weekly calls from a self-management health coach.
The VADAC Study is recruiting 225 volunteers to be study participants and 150 volunteers to be trained and serve as telephone self-management health coaches.
Health coaches successfully complete a two-day health coach training program that is being offered in a variety of sites. In most cases, coaches are also experiencing one or more chronic health conditions. Each coach commits to provide a weekly 30-minute telephone call to their participant over a three-month period. In the call, coaches provide encouragement and support and teach participants key self-management skills and strategies to effectively manage their health.
Study participants need to be 65 years or older, experiencing one or more chronic health conditions, living in the Greater Victoria area (i.e., Sidney, North Saanich, Saanichton, Brentwood Bay, Cordova Bay, Saanich, View Royal, Langford, Colwood, Metchosin, Victoria, Oak Bay and Sooke), and have access to internet and Wi-Fi. After participants complete the Study Consent Form and baseline questionnaire, they are paired with a health coach and randomly assigned to a study group.
People can either volunteer to become a health coach or request to be a study participant by contacting the VADAC Project Lead, Frances Hensen 250-516-5742, (email@example.com) or Project Co-ordinator, Suzanne toll free 1-866-902-3767, (VADAC@uvic.ca).