interRAI Network of Canada (Researchers)

Shannon Freeman, PhD

Dr. Freeman is a post-doctoral fellow in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Northern British Columbia. She is a PhD graduate from the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo (Aging, Health, and Well-being Program) and the current Vice President of the International Association on Geriatrics and Gerontology Coalition of Student Organizations (IAGG-CSO). Dr. Freeman holds a MSc degree from Tohoku University School of Medicine (Internal Medicine and Rehabilitation) in Sendai Japan, and an HBA from McMaster University (Gerontology and Political Science).

Dr. Freeman’s research interests focus on the health and well being of vulnerable populations with specialization in the areas of aging, hospice palliative care, informal caregiving, and centenarians. Dr. Freeman took an active role in the creation of the interRAI Palliative Care Clinical Assessment Protocols. She is currently leading a collaborative multi-phase research project focussed on identifying and characterizing persons residing in long-term care (LTC) facilities in rural and remote areas who do not exhibit the clinical need for the level of care provided and looking for ways to better support them to receive care in their preferred community based setting.

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