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Participant, Continuous Glucose Monitoring Device Review

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Open to Provincial Region, Patient partners across the province

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Do you use insulin to treat your diabetes? We are looking for patient partners who have or considered using a continuous glucose or flash monitor to help manage their diabetes. Your insights will help to inform a review of these devices, and the development of person-centred government policy options in British Columbia and Alberta.

Open to: Patient partners across the province

Lead Organization or Department

O'Brien Institute for Public Health, University of Calgary


The purpose of this project is to review new technologies being used by patients to monitor their glucose levels and help them manage their diabetes. This work is being conducted to inform the development of government health system policy in British Columbia and Alberta. Understanding the lived experience of patients who use continuous glucose monitoring to help manage their diabetes is a critically important part of this review. We are inviting patients to share their experiences through either participating in a focus group or a telephone interview.

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of consult on the spectrum of engagement. The promise to you is that the health care partner will listen to and acknowledge your ideas and concerns, and provide feedback on how your input affected the decision.


  • Has been living with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes (for at least one year);
  • Using insulin to treat their diabetes;
  • Currently using or considered using a continuous glucose monitor (including Flash technology) to help manage their diabetes;
  • Over the age of 18;
  • Comfortable talking about their experience in either an in-person focus group or in an individual telephone interview; and
  • Interested in being involved in this review.


Vacancies: 10-15 Date, Time, Location: a two-hour focus group will be held in central Vancouver on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 from 1600 to 1800. Patient partners who are interested in participating in this project, but who are not able to attend this focus group may be invited to participate in a one-hour telephone interview at a time that is convenient for you. Commitment: One-time event


Parking and/or other travel expenses to the focus group session (mileage, transit etc) within greater Vancouver will be covered.


The BC Ministry of Health has contracted the University of Calgary’s Health Technology Assessment (HTA) unit to conduct a review on glucose monitoring strategies for insulin-dependent diabetes. The HTA unit is committed to obtaining the perspectives of patients and families to inform our review and the development of policy options for consideration by government and the health system. There is no risk to the patient partner. This review has been approved by the University of Calgary Conjoint Health Research Ethics Board. Patient partners will be sent a consent form, and asked to sign it prior to their participation in a focus group or interview. This consent form is included here.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Kathryn Proudfoot
Engagement Leader, Patient & Public Engagement | Provincial

From Our Community

Shana Ooms

Executive Director of Primary Care Strategy, Policy and Quality — BC Ministry of Health

Shana Ooms

Where those of us in the room may have debated policy or wording, patient voices made sure patients were top of mind. And as a result, significant improvements were made to simplify something that was otherwise complex. Patient voices at the table bring us back to reality in terms of what we are trying to achieve.