DUBUC, Nicole

Empowerment and environment research axis


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Director of the Research Centre on Aging (CDRV)

Full Professor
School of Nursing
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Université de Sherbrooke


Postdoctorate in Gerontology and Rehabilitation
Ph.D. Clinical Sciences (Geriatrics)
M.Sc. Clinical Sciences (Community Health)
B.Sc. Nursing

Research Themes

Research Relevance

The Organization of Health Care and Health Services for Older Adults

Even though we have a better awareness of the needs of vulnerable older persons and of certain principles that should improve their access to services that are better adapted and less costly, the evidence which enables us to know how to respond to the needs "of the right person, at the right time, and in the right place" remains highly fragmented. The objective of Prof. Nicole Dubuc's research program is to fill in some of those gaps.

Her research focuses mainly, on the one hand, on the evaluation of various programs and service organization methods related to the concepts of independence and frailty among older adults, and on the other, on the development and validation of clinical and administrative systems in long-term care. Her investigations related to the development and implementation of the Iso-SMAF autonomy-based classification system as well as with the evaluation of the implementation of integrated services networks (PRISMA) are examples of knowledge transfer stemming from research which has provided decision-makers with conclusive evidence to guide the reorganization of their services. As part of a research program on frailty, Prof. Dubuc is working on the development of clinical pathway tools to monitor older adults with diminishing independence who show signs of frailty within the community. Finally, she is seeking to gain a better understanding of the use and costs of health care and social services associated with older adults with varying frailty profiles as well as their pathways within the system.

Representative Achievements

  • FRSQ Research Scholar
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Institute of Aging - CIHR
  • Research program on the consolidation and optimization of the classification of Iso-SMAF profiles funded by the MSSS.


  • Health care and health services organization for older adults; Integrated services networks; Functional independence; Frailty; Frontline services; Housing and accommodation models; Orientation process within the network.
  • Program assessments; Development and validation of clinical tools; Development and validation of clinical and administrative management systems in long-term care; Longitudinal studies; Time and motion studies

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