Rural Evidence Review for British Columbia: What are your priorities?

We are a team of researchers from the Centre for Rural Health Research in the Department of Family Practice at UBC funded by CIHR in partnership with the Rural Coordination Centre of BC. We are interested in helping rural communities use rigorous evidence to help improve local health services. To this end, we have created the Rural Evidence Review (RER) project, a project that works in collaboration with rural patients and community key stakeholders to provide evidence to inform local health care. We then work collaboratively to to translate this evidence into policy.
The success of the RER rests on being able to use international research to pose viable, sustainable solutions to rural healthcare issues here in BC.

But we need the help of patients, providers, and community members to know which issues are most important and how different communities might benefit from research on rural healthcare topics.
Please complete the anonymous survey to help us understand the health care priorities in rural BC.  By submitting your survey, you agree to let researchers at the Centre for Rural Health Research (Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia) use your answers to help decide what topics to research and try to improve. You can stop at any time, and you can contact us at any time to have your comments withdrawn. Your responses will not be used for research purposes and will remain anonymous.
If you have any questions or comments, or want to be more involved, please contact us at

It helps us to know your town so we can see common issues between communities.

I am:

Are you a paid health care provider?

If yes, what type of provider are you?

Examples might include access to certain services, elder care, maternity care, having enough doctors, hospital transport, and more.

Are you aware of any groups or initiatives in your community that advocate for local healthcare?

Have you ever used research to advocate for local healthcare services before?

Do you think your community could benefit from healthcare research on the priorities you identified?

What we do is review existing international evidence to answer questions here in BC. For example, when one health authority and the Doctors of BC wanted to know how best to transport rural patients safely, we examined all of the research on that topic from around the world.