Surveys and/or Volunteers needed for Research

Staying Apart to Stay Safe: The Impact of Visitor Restrictions on Long-term Care and Assisted Living Survey

Thank you for taking the time to tell your story, in your voice of the impact from living with the visit restrictions in long-term and assisted living that have been required in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can complete this survey online and it is estimated that it may take you approximately 30 minutes to complete. If you would prefer, the following options are also available to you:

– You can download a copy of the survey from the Office of the Seniors
Advocate website at and complete a
paper copy and submit it to us by mail.
– You can contact the Office of the Seniors Advocate: 1-877-952-3181 and
we will mail you a copy along with a return, stamped envelope.
– You can contact the Office of the Seniors Advocate at 1-877-952-3181 and
book a time to complete the survey over the phone.
– To complete the survey in another language, please call 1-866-460-8126 
(toll-free); we will arrange for you to complete the survey by phone.

The survey will ask you some questions about your visits before the pandemic, how often you visited, or if you are a resident, how often you received a visitor. We want to know what type of activities you did during the visits and what the health and well being of residents was like. We want to know a little bit about your experience when the visit restrictions were mandated. How did you find out, what did you do during the first few months. We also want to know what your visits look like now. Visit restrictions were eased on June 30th to allow for one designated visitor for each resident and we want to know how that is working for you. We also want to hear your ideas and suggestions as both residents and family members on where we might improve and if we have achieved the right balance between risk and the need to find a way to live through this pandemic for the next year or so.

Your experiences and insights are very important. This is your lived experience and hearing directly from residents and family members will help us better understand the overall impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on residents living in long-term care and assisted living and the people who love them.

Feedback will be accepted until September 30, 2020 at 11:59pm (PDT).
Please note: This online feedback form supports Internet Explorer 11 and all newer comparable browsers like Firefox, Chrome, Opera etc. with activated JavaScript. Your browser settings must have cookies enabled for the questionnaire to run properly and inactivity on the questionnaire for longer than one hour will result in the questionnaire timing out.

Your personal information is being collected by the Ministry of Citizens’ Services on behalf of Office of The Seniors Advocate (Ministry of Health) under sections 26(c) and 26(e) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (“FOIPPA”), for the purposes of soliciting the public’s feedback on government initiatives. Please do not share personal information about others. Should you have any questions about the collection of this information please contact: Director, Citizen Engagement, PO Box 9484, STN PROV GOVT Victoria BC, V8W 9W6,


Would you like to help guide the development of BC’s first virtual personal health record?

The Rural Coordination Centre of BC and the Ministry of Health, Digital Health Policy branch, are looking for people to join the steering committee for the new Rural Patient Health Record (RPHR) project.

The RPHR project is aimed at democratizing personal health information by creating a way for people in rural communities to have access and manage their own health information. It’s envisioned that putting your health information in your hands should improve longitudinal, relationship-based care, support dialogue between rural patients and the health care ‘system’ and provide data to assess and evaluate rural health system improvements.  The first prototypes of this new personal health record will be launched in a number of rural communities by next summer.

As a member of the project steering committee, you will join others from around BC in a representative learning community to provide high-level guidance and feedback to the project team on all components of the RPHR project planning and prototype implementation between now and July, 2021.  It’s expected there will be monthly online meetings with a total workload of between 24 and 36 hours.

If you are interested in being part of this exciting project, please contact Doug Blackie, Project Consultant, RCCbc at  with a short description of who you are and why you are interested in this project.  The first meeting of the committee is expected to be held in the next month or so.


The Rural Evidence Review project in collaboration with the BC Rural Health Network has launched a provincial survey to understand rural and remote community experiences and responses to COVID-19.

We are interested in engaging and learning from rural and remote citizens and communities across British Columbia about their communities’ experiences of and responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

An Investigation of Rural Citizen-Patient Priorities for Health Planning:

Click here to access survey: Rural Community Responses to COVID-19

Participation is open to all residents of rural and remote BC communities. The survey is available on an ongoing basis, with no established end date. For individuals who do not feel comfortable to complete the online survey, there is the option to participate in a telephone interview.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rural Evidence Review together with the BC Rural Health Network has created a short, anonymous online survey to ask rural communities across BC about their experiences of COVID-19. The findings of the survey will be used to understand rural community innovation and resiliency in the face of the pandemic. The findings will be shared with rural and remote BC communities to support learning and collaboration across communities, and with health care decision-makers to support rural health care planning.

To learn more about the initiative, please contact the Coordinator of the Rural Evidence Review project, Christine Carthew, at the following email:


Click on the bold text to access the survey.

Click here to access survey: Assessment of practitioner needs for providing virtual maternity care in rural and remote communities in British Columbia

Who is eligible to participate?
To be able to take this survey, you will need to meet all of the following criteria:
• You are providing maternity care services in a rural or remote practice
•You are providing maternity care services which may include ONLY prenatal care and/or intrapartum care
• You are a registered midwife, an indigenous midwife, a family doctor, a nurse practitioner, or an obstetrician

Virtual care has been defined as any interaction between patients and/or members of their circle of care, occurring remotely, using any forms of communication or information technologies with the aim of facilitating or maximizing the quality and effectiveness of patient care (Shaw, Jamieson, Agarwal, Griffin, Wong, & Bhatia, 2018). For the purpose of this study, virtual care means: patient care consults by video conferencing, digital communications between team members and/or patients such as messaging, and email; and video consults between providers. Examples of virtual care options include Doxy, Jabber, and In Touch. This list is not exhaustive.

How will the results of the study be shared?
The results of the study will be shared with various groups including policy makers, rural communities, and health care providers and through written and oral reports. Study findings will be presented on the Centre for Rural Health Research website ( in the summer. You may also contact the study team if you would like us to send you a summary.

Who is conducting this study?
We are a research team from the Centre for Rural Health Research (CRHR) at the University of British Columbia. Please visit for more information about CRHR.

Why are we doing this study?
The challenge of providing sustainable access to intrapartum care for rural communities in British Columbia and across Canada has been well documented and described alongside maternal newborn outcomes, psycho-social and cultural outcomes have been described. These challenges have been amplified in the recent context of COVID-19, which has precipitated a rapid shift to virtual care for many health care providers. 

How will the results of the study be shared?
The results of the study will be shared with various groups including policy makers, rural communities, and health care providers and through written and oral reports. Study findings will be presented on the Centre for Rural Health Research website ( in the summer. You may also contact the study team if you would like us to send you a summary.

Who can I contact if I have any complaints or concerns about the study?
Please contact Kathleen Perecko at (705) 306-0291 or Christine Carthew at if you:
• have any questions about this survey;
• are interested in receiving a copy of the findings of the survey, and/or;
• would like to be entered into the draw for one of three Amazon gift cards.

Principal Investigators:
– Jude Kornelsen, PhD
– Dr. Shiraz Moola, FRCSC, OBGYN
– Dr. Robin Johnson, FRCSC, OBGYN

Research Contact:
Christine Carthew, MPH

Research Assistant: Kathleen Perecko, R.M, MHS (in progress)

Project Manager: Mona Mattei


Click here to access survey: An Investigation of Rural Citizen-Patient Priorities for Health Planning

This survey is asking rural citizens to identify the health care priorities that matter the most to them and their communities. The researchers will  analyze and present what they learn to policy-makers and health administrators in the province.

Principal Investigator: Jude Kornelsen, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Family Practice, University of British Columbia (UBC), Co-Director, Centre for Rural Health Research
T: (250) 653-4325

Research Coordinator: Christine Carthew, MPH
Centre for Rural Health Research, Department of Family Practice, UBC
T: (604) 827-2193