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Research team looking for input on rural health

The Rural Evidence Review project, which is being led by Dr. Jude Kornelsen at the Centre for Rural Health Research, within the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia is looking for input from northern B.C. residents.

The goal of the project is to work with rural citizens to provide high quality, useful evidence for rural health care planning in British Columbia. To do this team members will ask rural citizens to identify the health care priorities that matter the most to them and their communities, analyze what they hear, and present what they learn to policy-makers and health administrators in the province.

Residents can share their priorities for rural health services in B.C. with the research team at any time and in three ways:

(1)   Take the survey. The RER Team has developed a brief and anonymous survey to learn about rural citizen and community priorities for health services – which can be completed in 10 minutes or less. The survey is available at: bit.ly/ruralevidencereview. There is no pressing deadline to fill out the survey, which will be available until the end of the project (i.e., April 2021).

(2)  Research Interview. Residents are invited to participate in a confidential interview with our research team about their research priorities. The interviews will take place by telephone. Individuals that are interested in participating in an interview are asked to email the project’s Coordinator (Christine Carthew) directly at the email listed below to let our team know that they are interested.

(3)  Contact the team. The project’s Coordinator, Christine Carthew, can be contacted at any time to discuss the health service issues and priorities that are most important to rural citizens and communities in B.C. Christine can be reached by email at christine.carthew@ubc.ca or telephone at 1 (604) 827-2193.

The research team is also putting together a Rural Citizen Advisory Committee to: provide local input about rural health care needs in British Columbia; provide feedback on the project’s work; and help the researcher plan how to share the project’s findings with rural communities across B.C.

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