Research Brief: Older people as research partners – a systematic review of implementation and impact

Published: June 14, 2021

Patient and public partners are most likely to be engaged in the execution of research and least likely to be engaged in the preparatory stages of research, say experts from the MIRA | Collaborative for Health & Aging.

These findings are included in a research brief of a systematic review of the literature on how, when, and with what impact older adult research partners contribute to health research.

The research brief entitled Older people as research partners: a systematic review of implementation and impact provides a summary of key points, what the research is about, how the research was carried out, results and recommendations.

The review included a search of five databases of published literature from 2000 to 2019 to find English articles about engaging older adults as partners in health research in any care setting (e.g., acute care, long-term care, community). Most of the 33 included studies that were carried out in the community setting.

This research brief and systematic review were developed by the Collaborative’s patient engagement group of experts, led by Drs. Rebecca Ganann and Julia Abelson. Their aim is to advance the science of patient engagement to ensure representation of patient needs, perspectives, and aspirations at all levels of health care decision-making.

The MIRA | Collaborative for Health and Aging is co-led by Maureen Markle-Reid, Co-Scientific Director of the Aging, Community and Health Research Unit (ACHRU) and Parminder Raina, Scientific Director of the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA).

To access the research brief, click here.