Patient Partner Interview, Involving Patients, Family, Caregivers in Mental Health Policy Activities

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Help the Mental Health Policy Project in improving need-based mental health services for those who are 50 years and above living in the communities where medical services are provided by the Interior Health authorities. This research study will conduct interviews with patients with mental health issues, their family members or caregivers to understand their involvement in planning, implementing and evaluating mental health policies.

Open to: Patient partners across the Interior Health region

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Volunteer Opportunity

Help the Mental Health Policy Project in improving need-based mental health services for those who are 50 years and above living in the communities where medical services are provided by the Interior Health authorities. This research study will conduct interviews with patients with mental health issues, their family members or caregivers to understand their involvement in planning, implementing and evaluating mental health policies.

Lead Organization/Department

University of British Columbia

Aim

The goal of this research is to understand the experiences of service users aged 50 years and over in mental health policy development, implementation and evaluation. The study seeks to understand if and how mental health service users or their caregivers are involved or how they want to be involved in building, applying and assessing policies related to mental health.

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of collaborate on the spectrum of engagement. The promise to you is that the health care partner will work together with you to formulate solutions and incorporate your advice and recommendations into the decisions to the maximum extent possible.

Eligibility

You can take part in the interview if you:
• Are 50 years and over
• Have a mental health concern or use mental health services
• Are living in the communities where medical services are provided through the Interior Health Authority
• You are a partner, family member, caregiver or friend who lives in the communities where medical services are provided through the Interior Health Authority and provides care for a person as described above
• We encourage men and women to participate equally in the study

Please note: You are not eligible to participate if you are unable to provide consent due to cognitive reasons.
You must be able to understand this consent form and be able to speak English. If you do not understand or speak English, you can have a caregiver translate for you during the interview. Your caregiver will also need to review and sign the consent form.

Logistics

• Number of vacancies: 12-15 (the opportunity will be closed once the maximum number of vacancies are filled)
• Location, Date, Time and Frequency:

  • Location: Online interview via telephone, skype or zoom
  • Time: 40-60 minutes
  • Frequency: This is a one-time interview
  • Dates/Time: To be arranged with the interviewer

Reimbursement

There are no reimbursable expenses associated with this opportunity.

Background

This study is part of Ashmita Rai’s thesis work for the Master of Science in Nursing program at the University of British Columbia. The purpose of conducting the interview is to improve mental health services for adults aged 50 years and over. The results of this study may guide policymakers in building need-based mental health policies and services for this age group.

The patient will be asked questions about their experiences as a patient or caregiver in building, applying and evaluating policies related to mental health. They will also be asked if and how they are involved or want to be involved in these activities in the future.

We do not think there are any risks to participating in this study beyond those that you experience in your daily life. You will be asked to sign a consent form that provides additional information about the interview and the research study. You do not have to answer all the questions if you do not want to and if you have any concerns you can talk to the research assistant or contact the researcher when discussing participation in this opportunity.

Patient participants will be asked if they would like information on the results of the study. We will send them a plain-language summary and offer them the full technical report before the publication as well.

Consent

Interested?

Open to patient partners across the Interior Health region

If you have additional questions about this volunteer opportunity, please contact:

Carol Stathers
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Interior Region
778.516.3308
cstathers@bcpsqc.ca

Deadline
Open until filled