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SPIRO – Spirometry for Integrated Care for Improved Indigenous and Rural Respiratory Outcomes



Open to Provincial Region


Lived experience of COPD in rural BC?

Health Areas
Asthma, COPD, Rural Health, Other Older Adults

Opportunity Purpose
Access to spirometry, a test used to diagnose COPD, is the key element in starting a patient on their journey to receiving quality integrated care, and supporting their health and quality of life. We want to work with patient partners who have lived experience of having COPD and of the health care system in BC, particularly in rural, remote, and Indigenous communities, in our work to support communities to have better access to spirometry.

Patient partners will meet with the study team virtually. Patient partners will help to prepare a grant application for study funding. This will include helping to develop the study plan, including the study questions. Patient partners will help review study documents, with support from the study team. If the grant is awarded, patient partners will be invited to ongoing meetings to plan better care.

Age: 18 Years – 99 Years Old

From Our Community

Cherie Mercer

Patient Partner, New Aiyansh

Cherie Mercer

I have learned so much about innovation and capacity building by being part of PVN. I signed up to build my leadership skills, however, I experience benefits for myself, my community and Indigenous peoples throughout the province. I understand more about the complexities and opportunities required to improve health care.