Indicators for Integrated Older Persons’ Care in Ontario Initiative

Provincial Initiative

The Provincial Geriatrics Leadership Office (PGLO) is announcing the launch of a new major effort in co-design. The Indicators for Integrated Older Persons’ Care in Ontario Initiative will bring together older persons, caregivers, health professionals, researchers and policy makers to create a provincial performance measurement framework, indicators and data collection tools relevant to integrated health care for older persons living with complex and chronic health and social care needs.

Despite the many indicators currently collected and the many more that hold potential for valuable measurement, there is currently no consensus regarding which indicators should be used, how data should be collected, and how results ought to be reported relevant to older persons’ care.

This initiative fills an important gap and builds on PGLO-led work to identify the 13 design elements of integrated care for older persons’ care (see our full report here). Working with interested parties and experts across Ontario, this initiative will:

  • Support the collection of consistent, measurable, reliable and valid data among Specialized Geriatric Services (SGS), Ontario Health Teams (OHTs) and others, consistent with the goals of integrated care for older persons.
  • Provide a comprehensive set of indictors and associated tools that can be used to evaluate the systems of care for older persons’ as a whole, consistent with the 13 design elements of integrated care for older persons living with complex and chronic health and social care needs.
  • Inform best-practice evaluation in SGS, OHTs and other programs, services and systems.
  • Support service performance measurement driven by outcomes important to older persons

The Indicators for Integrated Older Persons’ Care in Ontario Initiative includes the following phases, tentative timelines and planned deliverables.

The Health Systems Research & Evaluation Team is supporting the PGLO with this initiative. Together Drs. Salinda Horgan and Jeanette Prorok have a broad array of experience conducting health systems research and evaluation specific to older persons with complex and chronic health issues. Particular areas of sub-specialty include models of integrated care, data elements and core outcome indicators, and healthcare experiences.

The PGLO was established by the Ministry of Health to provide provincial infrastructure for clinical geriatric services in Ontario. Among other responsibilities, the PGLO is tasked with developing, implementing and monitoring a standardized outcome-based performance measurement and evaluation framework relevant to health care services for older persons living with complex health concerns.

We invite interested older persons, caregivers, and experienced health professionals, researchers and policy makers to assist us in this work and welcome you to contact us at info@rgpo.ca