Interdisciplinary Health Research Team (IHRT)

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Program title:
'The challenge of understanding and meeting the needs
of frail older persons in the Canadian health care system

In 2001, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research awarded SOLIDAGE an Interdisciplinary Health Research Team (IHRT) grant of $3.5 million dollars over a 5-year period. It is the only IHRT program awarded that supports research associated with care for older persons.


The objective of the IHRT program is to develop, evaluate and propose integrated health and social service models, as well as interventions to effectively treat, manage and/or prevent the complex problems of the frail older population.


Led by François Béland and Howard Bergman (Co-directors of SOLIDAGE), the IHRT program integrates decision makers, clinicians and leading researchers across sectors, disciplines, provinces and countries.

The three research axes of IHRT encompass seventeen projects.


Projects: Axis 1


Theme: Understanding the frailty process in the elderly (Health needs in the frail elderly)

Projects: Axis 2


Theme: Access to, patterns, effects of utilization and cost of health care and social services

Projects: Axis 3


Theme: Effective clinical intervention and integrated service systems


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