Surveys

Rural and Remote Communities’ Technological Usage during Covid-19 Pandemic 
Calling rural BC residents 19+ years to participate in a 20-25 minute online UBC survey for a chance to win one of three $100 or a $400 pre-paid Visa card!

Participation is anonymous and will help determine the impact of COVID-19 on rural communities.

Purpose of the Study:
The purpose of this study is better understand challenges rural community members are facing during COVID-19 and how technology is being used. You are being invited to take part in this study because you are a person who lives or works in a rural BC community and are 19 years or older.


If thinking about the challenges you have faced during COVID-19 brings up negative feelings there are resources available to you. See https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/ for a list of resources. You can call 811 for free non-emergency health information, including mental health information. The BC mental Health Support line (310-6789) is also free and available 24 hours a day.

Click on Rural and Remote Communities’ Technological Usage during Covid-19 Pandemic for more information and to participate in the survey.

Principal Investigators: 

– Dr. Kathy Rush, Professor, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus Phone: 250-807-9561
– Dr. Eric Li, Associate Professor, Faculty of Management, University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus Phone: 250-807-8853

Co-Investigators:

– Dr. Donna Kurtz, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus 
– Dr. Katrina Plamondon, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus 
– Dr. Nelly Oelke, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus
– Dr. Barbara Pesut, Professor, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus 
– Dr. Sarah Dow-Fleisner, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus 
– Dr. Mohammad Khalad Hasan, Assistant Professor, Computer Science, University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus 
– Dr. Charlotte Jones, Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus 
– Dr. Leanne Currie, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia – Vancouver Campus 

Funding: This study is funded by the UBCO Eminence Program.

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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: christine.carthew@ubc.ca.

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Click here to access survey: Out of Pocket Costs for Rural Residents Accessing Health Care

The purpose of this survey is to learn about the costs to rural patients (and their families) when they need to travel outside of their community for health care.

Who is conducting this study?
A research team from the Centre for Rural Health Research (CRHR) at the University of British Columbia.

Survey respondents will be entered into a draw for one of three Amazon gift cards (valued at $50, $150, and $250).

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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
E: jude.kornelsen@familymed.ubc.ca
T: (250) 653-4325

Research Coordinator: Christine Carthew, MPH
Centre for Rural Health Research, Department of Family Practice, UBC
E: christine.carthew@ubc.ca
T: (604) 827-2193

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