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Community Paramedicine at Clinic (CP@Clinic)

Older adults are more at risk of developing cardiovascular disease, diabetes and experiencing falls which can lead to 911 emergency calls resulting in expensive emergency room visits. Community-based health screening programs that link with a person’s primary care team and promote the health of older adults may reduce the need for 911 calls.

In the Community Paramedicine at Clinic (CP@Clinic, formerly CHAP-EMS) research program, paramedics hold drop-in sessions at select subsidized housing buildings with high numbers of 911 calls. At these sessions, they help assess building residents’ risks of high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and falls. At the same time, the paramedics are also providing information on topics like healthy eating, physical activity and quitting smoking.

CP@Clinic began as a pilot study in the City of Hamilton with the McMaster University Department of Family Medicine, Hamilton Paramedic Services and City Housing Hamilton.

It is now running as a randomized control trial (RCT) in Hamilton; Guelph-Wellington County, York Region, Greater Sudbury and County of Simcoe. Other CP@Clinic research expansion sites include Timmins, Essex-Windsor, Halton Region, Bruce-Grey County and Montréal.


Nominated PI


  • Bea McDonough
  • Brent McLeod
  • Lehana Thabane
  • Ron Goeree
  • Janusz Kaczorowski
  • Larry Chambers

Partner Organizations

    • McMaster University Department of Family Medicine
    • David Braley Health Sciences Centre
    • 100 Main Street West, 6th Floor
    • Hamilton, ON L8P 1H6
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