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MIRA Trainee Talks: Carly Whitmore

Published: November 18, 2019 | By ​Sydney Valentino

Carly Whitmore (MSc), a PhD Nursing student under the supervision of Dr. Maureen Markle-Reid, works for the McMaster Decision Science Laboratory in the Department of Economics, delivered a research talk on:

“Understanding self-reported health among community-dwelling older adults: A mixed methods study”

Following are the summarized the take-home points of Carly’s talk…

  • Multimorbidity is a significant public health issue that is increasingly important with the growing aging population
  • Although it is subjective, self-reported health is a predictive measure of objective morbidity and mortality to investigate self-reported well-being 
  • One interesting concept is the well-being paradox. There are subgroups of individuals with high levels of multimorbidity and depressive symptoms but also high self-reported wellbeing
  • By using a mixed methods research model, we can better understand “How do these factors influence health?” and this is done through quantitative data from Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA), and qualitative data from single case study
  • Through this research we can use proactive interventions for these individuals and aim to improve health outcomes and optimal aging in the community
This ​blog post was first published by the MIRA Trainee Network. Read the original article.​​

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