Clinical Epidemiology and Aging

Dr. Andrew Costa (Schlegel Chair in Clinical Epidemiology and Aging) focuses his research on promoting evidence-based practices and policy in seniors care to improve quality of life for older adults living in community, retirement and long-term care homes. His current work is focused on the development and evaluation of models of care to help older adults stay out of the emergency department (where possible), and improve the care they receive if emergency treatment is needed. He also has an active interest in the development and use of funding and performance systems in health care reform.

Practical Applications

  • Development of better senior care models in home and community care, emergency departments, and acute care.
  • Development of decision support tools and technology for geriatric emergency management and emergency department avoidance.
  • Use of large health care data repositories and pragmatic trial methods to evaluate elder care services and policy across settings.


Theme Leader
Dr. Andrew Costa, PhD, BSc, (Schlegel Chair in Clinical Epidemiology & Aging, McMaster University)