The University of British Columbia has launched a rural evidence review. The Canadian Press/Darryl Dyck

The University of British Columbia has launched a rural evidence review. The Canadian Press/Darryl Dyck

Elk Valley residents invited to contribute to rural healthcare study

University of British Columbia launches Rural Evidence Review

A B.C. university seeks to find out more about how rural residents are coping with the current provincial healthcare system.

Led by Dr. Jude Kornelsen at the Centre of Rural Health Research in the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) Department of Family Practice, the study aims to work with rural citizens to provide high quality, useful evidence for rural healthcare planning in the province.

The research team is asking citizens to identify the healthcare priorities that matter most to them and their communities. In turn, they will analyze what they hear and present what they learn to B.C. policymakers and health administrators.

They hope to reach residents of the Elk Valley to find out what healthcare issues are important to them. No issues is too big or too small, said the team in a release.

Residents can share their views by completing a brief, anonymous survey. Take the survey here.

Residents are also invited to participate in a confidential interview with the research team about their healthcare research priorities. The interviews will take place by telephone.

To participate, email project coordinator Christine Carthew at christine.carthew@ubc.ca.