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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.

REACH BC

Are you interested in participating in health research in BC, but don’t know how to get involved? REACH BC connects volunteer participants with researchers in the province who are conducting clinical trials or other studies focused on health-related issues. Through the confidential and secure REACH BC platform, interested individuals are asked to provide information about themselves, their research interests, any health conditions they may have, and their contact information. Once registered, they will be sent information about potential research opportunities. Volunteers can then connect with research teams to ask any questions they may have about a research study and to let researchers know if they’re interested in participating. For more information on health research studies currently underway in BC, go to https://www.reachbc.ca/studies. For more information on becoming a volunteer for health research in BC through REACH BC, go to https://www.reachbc.ca/volunteers

 

See the brochure here.

Participate in Study Investigating Impacts of COVID-19 on Rural and Remote British Columbians

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Researchers from the Department of Psychology at the University of Victoria are inviting British Columbians who live in rural and remote communities to take part in an online survey examining how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted their wellbeing.

The survey is open to anyone who lives in a rural and/or remote community in British Columbia, is 18 or older, and can complete an online questionnaire in English. We encourage individuals of diverse ages and backgrounds to share their experiences so that our survey results can reflect the voices of rural and remote residents and speak to their needs during these unprecedented times.

The survey takes around 15-30 minutes to complete and can be accessed by clicking here: https://bit.ly/3fJKc1u

Participants will be entered into a draw to win one of several cash prizes, up to $500.

This survey has been approved by the Research Ethics Board at the University of Victoria (HREB #21-0127). Further information can be obtained from Principal Investigators and IALH Research Fellows Brianna Turner () and Theone Paterson ().

Investigating Psychological Impacts of COVID-19 on Healthcare Workers

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Researchers from the Department of Psychology at the University of Victoria are inviting healthcare workers to take part in an online survey examining the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on healthcare workers’ wellbeing. They aim to understand how people who work in healthcare settings have been impacted, and what kinds of policies, practices or supports could help support this vital workforce.

The survey is open to anyone who works in a healthcare field or setting in either British Columbia or Ontario, is 18 or older, can complete an online questionnaire in English and has access to an internet connection and device in order to complete the online survey. We encourage all healthcare workers to take part to ensure their unique experiences are shared and their voices are heard.

The survey takes around 40-50 minutes to complete, and you can request a personalized link to access the survey by clicking here: https://bit.ly/3tJCvPN. Personalized survey links will be sent to the email address you provide within 24-48 hours.

Participants will be offered a $5 Tim Hortons gift card, and be entered into a draw to win one of several prizes up to $500.

Whether you participate or not, we offer profound thanks for all you do.

This study’s Research Ethics ID number is H21-02858. Further information can be obtained from Principal Investigators Brianna Turner (briannat@uvic.ca) and Theone Paterson ().

Participation in Study on Climate Change and Aging

Maddy McHugh is a research student at University of Victoria and is seeking participants for a study about age and climate change.

What is required to participate?

Participants must be aged 65 years and older and live in Canada. Participants will respond to an online survey that will take approximately 30 minutes to completion. Participation is anonymous and all opinions are welcome.

If you are interested in participating, please contact:
Maddy McHugh
maddy.mchugh98@gmail.com
250-361-6010
This study is being supervised by:
Dr. Robert Gifford, FRSC, Professor, Psychology and Environmental Studies
rgifford@uvic.ca
250-721-7532

 

See the study flyer here.

Physical Activity Among Early Career Professionals: A Feasibility Trial of an Online Intervention

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The Behavioural Medicine (BMED) lab is a research lab within the School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education at the University of Victoria, Canada. Directed by IALH Research Fellow Ryan Rhodes, the BMED Lab's mission is to produce and disseminate innovative and population-relevant physical activity and health research of the highest calibre within an environment that fosters collaboration, community, pride, and life balance. 

The BMED Lab is currently recruiting for a web-based Physical Activity study for Canadian Professionals aged 25-44 who are working at least part-time in a desk-based job and looking to get more active. Participants will gain access to a tailored online platform designed to support busy professionals, evidence-based lessons, as well as strategies and tools to help achieve physical activity goals. This is an opportunity to work towards better mental and physical health while contributing to research aimed at improving future health promotion programs.​ 

Am I eligible to participate?

To be eligible to participate in this study, you must:

  • Be aged 25-44
  • Living in Canada
  • Working at least part-time in a desk-based job
  • Not meeting physical activity guidelines

For more information, please contact Research Coordinator Stina Grant at sjgrant@uvic.ca 

Visualization of Event Schedules Involving Constrained Prescriptions

IALH Student Affiliate, Maybins Lengwe, a doctoral student in the Department of Computer Science is looking for participants for a study entitled Visualization of Event Schedules Involving Constrained Prescriptions. The purpose of the research is to understand how people read and interpret calendars that are annotated with medication entries.

What is required to participate?

Individuals will be asked to participate in a one-hour interview session on Zoom. During the interview, they will be presented with three calendars that reflect the schedule of an individual with various activities and one or more medication schedules. Participants will be asked questions about the calendars and their responses will be recorded.

Am I eligible to participate?

To be eligible for this study, potential participants must be:
a) between 35 and 65 years of age; and
b) taking medications alongside a busy schedule OR assisting someone managing medications with a busy schedule.

To recognize their contribution, participants will receive a $20 Amazon gift card.

The study is being supervised by Dr. Jens Weber (jens@uvic.ca) and IALH Research Fellow Dr. Charles Perin (cperin@uvic.ca) and has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Board at the University of Victoria (Approval #22-0033).

If you have any questions or would like to participate in this study, please contact the researcher directly at mlengwe@uvic.ca

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 and Paul Brewster

For more details about the study, download the poster or email mycogdesign@uvic.ca 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 kissat@uvic.ca or by calling 250-893-5869

 

Participate in CanAssist Technology Testing

CanAssist

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.