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Advisory Committee Member, Assistive Technologies Study

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Open to Older adults or caregivers with lived experience using assistive technologies in the home or community care setting

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Assistive technologies: So much potential, yet such little uptake! But why? Join an interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Victoria working with CanAssist and other health system partners to figure out how to improve the uptake, spread, and sustainability of promising innovations being developed here in BC!

The project team is inviting older adults and/or caregivers to partner with them as members of their Advisory Committee. In this advisory role, you will have the opportunity to contribute to a variety of different project activities including helping to:

  • select appropriate research methods and participant recruitment strategies
  • assist in revising data collection materials (e.g., interview guides)
  • consult on the findings and help with their interpretation
  • inform knowledge translation activities (e.g., media releases, reports, posters, workshops, etc.).


Assistive technologies have the potential to improve the health and quality of life of older adults with complex care needs and multiple chronic health conditions. However, all too often promising technologies and innovations face challenges in their uptake, spread and sustainability in real-world contexts (e.g., homes, community settings, or the care system more broadly). The research study titled ‘Knowledge Implementation for Scale-up, Spread, and Sustainability’ (KISSS-AT) will apply a new framework to several innovative assistive technologies currently being developed by CanAssist for older adults in British Columbia. This study has been funded by the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research for a 3-year Implementation Science Team – Project Grant.

Who can participate:

Older adults or caregivers with lived experience using assistive technologies in the home or community care setting. Example assistive technologies may include things like wheelchair lifts or in-home medical alert systems. This opportunity is open to individuals who reside on Vancouver Island and surrounding Gulf Islands.


Ideally, project involvement will start Spring 2020 and end in Summer 2022 (the expected project completion date), but the team recognizes that long of a commitment may not be possible.

Other details:

  • Advisory Committee members will be asked to attend 3-4 meetings per year either in-person or by teleconference.
  • Each meeting will be 3-4hrs long, but refreshments will be provided to keep everyone energized!
  • All meeting materials will be provided in advance by email.
  • Pre-approved out-of-pocket expenses such as parking and mileage to attend the meetings will be reimbursed.
  • A form of appreciation will be offered as a thank you for your time and contributions.

Interested? Looking to learn more? Questions?

Contact Taylor Hainstock, Patient Research Liaison, BC SUPPORT Unit Vancouver Island Centre ( or 250-370-8496)


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Agnes Black

Director, Health Services & Clinical Research and Knowledge Translation – Providence Health Care

Agnes Black

It’s really hard to make changes in health care. When a PVN patient partner says, ‘This is important to us’ it keeps us grounded on why a change is needed and keeps us motivated to keep going on projects.