Rural and Remote Division of Family Practice

Research Participant Opportunities

BC Centre for Palliative Care

January 29, 2020

Over the past several years, there have been numerous initiatives and Shared Care projects aimed at improving the quality of care for people affected by serious illness. The BC Centre for Palliative Care ( is a non-profit organization supporting the development and spread of best practice initiatives in this area as well as research into primary palliative care and Advance Care Planning.

We are interested in enhancing partnership with primary care providers and family physicians in BC. To help focus our efforts we are asking for your participation in a Current State Analysis including both surveys and Key Informant interviews. The attached survey will help us understand the various initiatives in this area and explore potential interest in further collaboration.  The objective is to:

  1. Identify Divisions and physician groups who are:
    1. Interested in exploring opportunities to integrate a palliative approach to care;
    2. Already engaged in activities to promote advance care planning or palliative care;
    3. Interested in partnering with others engaged in similar activities
  2. Understand the:
    1. Issues facing primary care providers in the provision of palliative care;
    2. Current uptake of screening and assessment tools into practice;
    3. Uptake of various educational offerings (e.g. PSP End of Life module; LEAP, or Serious Illness Conversation training) as well as gaps in in this area;
    4. Barriers and enablers of integrating a palliative approach at local levels.

We are asking for your support to complete the survey by following this link : Primary care palliative survey Jan 2020. The survey should only take about 5 minutes and we will collect responses until Feb 28, 2020. There is an option for a phone interview instead. If there is someone else in your Division who would be more appropriate, please email Kathleen their contact information or forward this letter to them.

As well, in a few weeks we will be sending a survey to you to distribute to your Family Physician and Nurse Practitioner members to further our understanding of the current state.

Please contact Kathleen Yue, Project Lead with any questions.


Routine Growth Monitoring in Infancy Study

Participant Information and Invitation to Participate
Co-investigators: Dr. Ilona Hale, MD, CCFP & Stephanie Obara, RN, MN

Brittany Schira & Erika Jensen-Shill, research assistants to Dr. Hale, MD, CCFP, and Stephanie Obara, RN, MN, who are conducting a provincial, interdisciplinary research project titled Routine Growth Monitoring in Infancy. We are seeking physicians to participate in this study by completing a brief online survey.  We were hoping that you would be able to distribute this survey to physicians in your region that engage in Routine Growth Monitoring.

The purpose of this study is to better understand the risks and benefits of growth monitoring in infancy, which could have implications for practitioners, policy makers, and most importantly, for patients. We have attached the information and consent form and the survey itself to provide you with more detailed information on the purpose and goals of the study. The survey itself will take approximately 2-3 minutes to complete. This study has Research Ethics Board approval from Interior Health, College of the Rockies, and the University of British Columbia. Please follow the link below to complete the survey.

Survey link: