Dr Louise Lafortune is scientific coordinator of the NIHR School for Public Health Research’s Ageing Well Programme and coordinator of engagement activities for SPHR@Cam.
Louise is specialised in Public Health and Ageing. She is the scientific coordinator of the NIHR School for Public Health Research’s Ageing Well Programme, which aims are to strengthen the evidence base for cost-effective and equitable public health interventions for older populations. Her research interests encompass the development, evaluation and implementation of interventions and service delivery models aimed at improving care for individuals with complex needs, namely frail older people with or without cognitive impairment. She leads a programme of evidence reviews on preventive interventions for older people, an analysis of social care data for better targeting of preventive interventions, co-leads the pilot testing of an evaluation tool for Age Friendly City initiatives and a Community Based Participatory Research project looking at novel ways of mobilising people and communities to reduce their risk of dementia in later life. She holds a dual PhD in Public Health (epidemiology; health care organisation) and has eight years of previous industry experience in clinical trials and health economics.
Lafortune L, Martin S, Kelly S, Kuhn I, Remes O, Cowan A, Brayne C. Behavioural risk factors in mid-life associated with successful ageing, disability, dementia and frailty in later life: a rapid systematic review. PLoS ONE. 2016; 11(2): e0144405. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0144405
Kelly S, Martin S, Kuhn I, Cowan A, Brayne C, Lafortune L (2016) Barriers and Facilitators to the Uptake and Maintenance of Healthy Behaviours by People at Mid-Life: A Rapid Systematic Review. PLoS ONE. 2016; 11(1): e0145074. doi:10.1371/journal. pone.0145074
Remes O, Brayne C, Lafortune L. A systematic review of reviews on the prevalence of anxiety disorders in adult populations. Brain and Behaviour, 2016; 0(0), e00497. doi: 10.1002/brb3.497
Martin S, Fleming J, Cullum S, Dening T, Rait G, Fox C, Katona C, Braye C, Lafortune L. Exploring attitudes and preferences for dementia screening in Britain: contributions from carers and the general public. BMC Geriatrics. 2015; 15:110. doi:10.1186/s12877-015-0100-6
Martin S, Kelly S, Khan A, Cullum S, Dening T, Rait G, Fox C, Katona C, Cosco T, Brayne C, Lafortune L. Attitudes and preferences towards screening for dementia: a systematic reviews of the literature. BMC Geriatrics. 2015; 15:66. doi:10.1186/s12877-015-0064-6
Kelly S, Lafortune L, Hart N, Cowan K, Fenton M, Brayne C. On behalf of the dementia priority setting partnership. Dementia research priorities: using patient and public involvement and the evidence. Age & Ageing. 2015; 44:985-993. doi:10.1093/ageing/afv143
Stinton C, McKeith I, Taylor P, Lafortune L, Mioshi E, Mak E, Cambridge V, Mason J, Thomas A, O’Brien J. Pharmacological management of Lewy Body dementia: A systematic review and meta-Analysis. Am. J Psychiatry. 2015; 172(18):731-42. doi:10.1176/appi.ajp.2015.14121582
Rubinsztein JS, van Rensburg MJ, Al-Salahy Z, Girling D, Lafortune L, Radhakrishnan M, Brayne C. A memory clinic v. traditional community mental health team service: comparison of costs and quality. BJPsych Bulletin. 2014; 39(1):6-11. doi:10.1192/pb.bp.113.044263
Fox C, Lafortune L, Boustani M, Dening T, Rait G, Brayne C. Screening for dementia – is it a no brainer? Int J Clin Pract. 2013 67(11):1076-80. doi:10.1111/ijcp.12239
Fox C, Lafortune L, Boustani M, Brayne C. The pros and cons of early diagnosis in dementia. British journal of general practice. Br J Gen Pract. 2013; 63(612):e510-2. doi:10.3399/bjgp13X669374
Radhakrishnan M, Hammond G, Jones P, Watson A, McMillan-Shields F, Lafortune L. Cost of improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme: an analysis of cost of session, treatment and recovery in selected Primary Care Trusts in the East of England region. Behavioural Research and Therapy. 2013; 51(1):37-45. doi:10.1016/j.brat.2012.10.001
Hammond G, Croudace TJ, Radhakrishnan M, Lafortune L, Watson A, McMillan-Shields F, Jones P. Comparative effectiveness of cognitive therapies delivered face-to-face or over the telephone: an observational study using propensity methods. PLoS One. 2012; 7(9):e242916. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0042916
Richardson K, Ananou A, Lafortune L, Brayne C, Matthews FE. Variation over time in the association between polypharmacy and mortality in the older population. Drugs & Ageing. 2011; 28(7):547-560. doi:10.2165/11592000-000000000-00000
Lafortune L, Béland F, Bergman H, Ankri J. Health status transitions in community-living elderly with complex care needs: a latent class approach. BMC Geriatrics. 2009; 3(6):e6. doi:10.1186/1471-2318-9-6
Lafortune L, Béland F, Bergman H, Ankri J. Health profiles and service utilization in community-living elderly. Medical Care. 2009; 47(3):286-294. doi:10.1097/MLR.0b013e3181894293
Battista R, Lafortune L. Health technology assessment and public health: a time for convergence. European Journal of Public Health. 2009; 19(3): 227. doi:10.1093/eurpub/ckp054
Lafortune L, Farand L, Mondou I, Sicotte C, Battista R. Assessing the performance of HTA organization: a framework. International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care. International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care. 2008; 24(1):76-86. doi:10.1017/S0266462307080105
Buckner S, Lafortune L, Mattocks C, Pope D, Dherani M, Bruce N: ‘Developing Age-Friendly Cities: A Tool to Guide Efforts to Promote Healthy Ageing in Urban Settings’, Third ISA Forum of Sociology, July 2016, Vienna/Austria.
Lafortune, L, Kelly S, Martin S, Kuhn I, Remes O, Cowan A, Brayne C. Interventions to be adopted in mid-life to improve late life outcomes: an evidence review. Geriatric Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting, Florida, 18-22 Nov 2015. (Symposium – Clinical interventions track).
Lafortune L, Xu K, Wood A, Melzer D, Brayne C, Mant J. Risk factor associations with cardiovascular outcomes in later life. Geriatric Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting, Florida, 18-22 Nov 2015. (Symposium).