Dr. Linda Lee, Schlegel Research Chair in Primary Care for Elders at the Schlegel Research Institute for Aging and the Centre for Family Medicine, has been honoured with The Medical Post Innovative Practice Award for revolutionizing dementia care and reducing healthcare costs. The Medical Post Awards support national independent physician voices, contributions to the community, and practice innovation.
Dr. Lee has made a significant impact in dementia care as a care of the elderly physician, director of the Centre for Family Medicine and MINT Memory Clinics, and associate clinical professor at McMaster University.
Her MINT (Multispecialty, INterprofessional Team) model provides early dementia diagnosis and care through a multidisciplinary approach, and has grown to more than 100 clinics across Canada.
Earlier this year, a study published in The BMJ exploring the cost-effectiveness analysis of MINT Memory Clinics found net cost savings of $51,500 per patient compared to those in Ontario without the service, with improved quality of life for those living with dementia. It also found:
- 55% reduction in inpatient hospital costs,
- 50% reduced wait time for access to care,
- 20% reduction in long-term care costs,
- 38% reduction in health care costs per day for people receiving dementia care, and
- 50% reduction in emergency department costs.
Dr. Lee’s accomplishments have earned her several other awards, including the Ontario Minister’s Medal, CIHR Institute of Aging Betty Havens Award, and the KW Oktoberfest Women of the Year Award.