Research participants walking and stretching
With so many ways to participate in our research, there's bound to be a study that interests you and suits your needs. Photo: researcher Kristina Kowalski with participants.

Personas to Support Health Care Provider Use of Electronic Patient-Reported Outcomes in the Care of Older Adults with Cancer

Why is this study being done?

This research will help to create “personas” which are hypothetical representations, in this case, of older cancer patients that incorporate demographic data and fictional life stories. You are being invited to help develop patient personas to assist your health care providers to better understand the medical, emotional and social needs of older cancer patients. The patient personas will then be used as tools to inform the development of a learning module for health care providers on the use of electronic patient-reported outcomes in the care of older adults.

Am I eligible to participate and what is required if I choose to participate?

If you are an older adult (65+ years of age) who is living with cancer and would like to take part in this study, you will be asked to participate in one-and-a-half-hour online workshop session (and a follow-up feedback survey) in the development of personas to help health care providers better manage the cancer journey of patients. Please note that your care at BC Cancer will not be compromised should you elect not to join the study.

Who is conducting this research?

Principal Investigator: Dr. Jae-Yung Kwon is a registered nurse and an Assistant Professor at the University of Victoria. Dr. Kwon can be reached at or by phone at 604-729-2308

Please contact the researcher or the research assistant Melissa if you think you might like to take part in this study.

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Tracking age-related changes in thinking abilities and mood using a smartphone app

Why is this study being done?

The purpose of this study is to investigate if different types of exercise programs, provided free to participants, significantly improve the well-being and health of older adults (aged 65 years or older) currently living in Canada.

Am I eligible to participate?

This study is looking for individuals aged 65 years or older, currently living in Canada and must own a smartphone. Interested participants must not have a diagnosis of: memory impairment, major illness, neurological disease or injury, visual impairment or hand tremor. 

What is required if I choose to participate?

This study entails a brief telephone screening interview to ensure eligibility. Participants will then be asked to download the free MyCogHealth app to their smartphone.

Participants will be asked to complete short questions about daily activities and mood as well as complete various brain games to test memory and attention. These activities will take place each day for 2 weeks at a time, every 3 months for a total of 6 months. The estimated time to complete the daily activities is 10 minutes per day. The total time commitment over the 6 month period is approximately 7 hours. 

Who is conducting this research?

Dr. Scott Hofer will be supervising this study and will be conducted by Jonathan Rush, Paul Brewster and Harjot Grewal.

For more details about the study, download the poster or email or call 250-472-4303

Knowledge Implementation for Scale-up, Spread and Sustainability of Assistive Technologies (KISSS-AT)

What are assistive technologies?

Assistive technologies are used to support a person to do the things they need to do to maintain or improve their level of independence.

Why is this study being done?

This study aims to improve the use and access to assistive technologies for older adults in British Columbia. The study also aims to develop better ways of assessing the challenges people experience when using assistive technologies. Bringing older adults, their family members, and other caregivers together to talk about assistive technologies will be helpful for health care workers and others. 

Am I eligible to participate?

If you are an older adult using or wanting to use an assistive technology of some kind, you are invited to share your experiences about such things as ease of access and use, as well as any challenges.

For older adults, you must be 55+ years and living independently. Family members include anyone who is currently providing care and support to an older adult family member. Friends, neighbours and other informal caregivers are also invited to participate if you provide regular support to an older adult. Interested participants must be 19 years or older. You should also be able to complete the interview in English.

What is required if I choose to participate?

You will have the option to participate in an initial interview about assistive technologies (up to 1-hour). You may also choose to be part of a group session or participate in other project activities. These will be done either online or over the phone.

Who is conducting this research?

The co-leads of the research study are Dr. Karen Kobayashi and Robin Syme. They are both at the University of Victoria. Dr. Kobayashi is in the Department of Sociology. She is also a Research Fellow with the Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health. Dr. Karen Kobayashi can be reached at . Robin Syme is the Executive Director of CanAssist

For more details about the study, download the poster or contact Dr. Gord Miller, Project Coordinator, at or by calling 250-893-5869


Participate in CanAssist Technology Testing


CanAssist at the University of Victoria is dedicated to helping people with disabilities improve their quality of life, with a focus on promoting independence and inclusion. CanAssist often requires people to test new technology prototypes and provide feedback on their effectiveness. This testing is done on a voluntary basis and there is no cost. In most cases, families testing a technology can continue to use the solution for as long as it continues to be useful.

For technology testing opportunities, please visit the CanAssist website.