RESEARCH STUDIES REQUIRING PARTICIPANTS

Have you noticed that it’s getting more difficult for you to walk long distances?

Researchers at the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University are looking for adults and older adults with early changes in their mobility to take part in a study looking at whether people who are noticing changes in their walking ability show improvements in walking and balance after completing one of three FREE 12-week programs.

  1. The Stepping-Up Program (includes virtual group exercise and self-management education)
  2. The Telephone-Based Walking Program (includes telephone coaching from a physiotherapist)
  3. The Chair-Based Yoga Program (includes virtual group yoga sessions)

You may be eligible to take part if you…

  • Are experiencing recent changes in the way you walk 2 kilometres
  • Are 55-75 years of age
  • Do not use a walking aid
  • Can be active for 60 minutes
  • Have a laptop computer and internet capabilities of running the video-conferencing platform Zoom©
  • Have an email address
  • Are an Ontario resident

There is no cost to participate.
For more information or to see if you are eligible, please contact Susanne Sinclair ssincla@mcmaster.ca.

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Does fitness and physical activity influenced COVID severity in adults?

We (researchers from the University of the Fraser Valley, BC, Canada) are looking for adults who have had COVID-19 (as indicated by a positive test) to complete an online survey to explore if fitness and physical activity levels influence infection severity. The online survey consists of 3 parts: COVID-19 symptoms, physical activity/fitness levels, and demographic variables. The survey takes about 5-8 minutes to complete.

Link to survey: https://www.surveymonkey.ca/r/fitnessandcovid 

Research participants wanted for an online UBC study

Help UBC researchers (PI Hoppmann) better understand how recruiting support from friends or family can promote everyday health behaviours and wellbeing during the current circumstances.

Who can take part? Anyone who lives in Canada and is over the age of 18 plus a study partner over the age of 65 

What’s involved? Online interview sessions and brief morning and evening questionnaires for a period of 10 days. Questions related to COVID-19, which are optional, but would help us to better understand the current context. Participate in our study and receive a $50 Amazon gift card as a token of appreciation.

Please email or call us if you are interested in participating.

Website: https://blogs.ubc.ca/alliesinhealthstudy/
Email: allies@psych.ubc.ca
Phone: (604) 822-3549

Research opportunity – Receive a $10 gift card for participating in a study about images of physical activity

We are hoping to recruit people who work in the physical activity sector, in any way, to participate in a study that examines how physical activity practitioners react to images of people being physically active. Participants should be between the ages of eighteen and seventy years. In total, participation in the study should take at most 30 minutes and must be done in one session.

Participation in this study is completed entirely online. You will first be asked to watch a short video and tell us what you think about it. You will then view 10 images and rate each on three questions and explain your ratings. This will be followed by two tasks that will require you to categorize images and words as fast as you can. These tasks should be done in a quiet, distraction-free area, if possible. You will then be asked to complete a short questionnaire. You will receive an electronic gift card worth 10 Canadian dollars as a thank you for completing the study (your choice of Starbucks or Chapters/Indigo).

If you are interested in finding out more, please email the study team at pames@ualberta.ca. We will send you the information letter, which includes more detailed information and a link to the study if you decide to participate. Your email address will never be linked with your survey responses. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. The title of the study is Physical activity practitioners' perceptions of images of people with obesity and the number of the study, as identified by the human ethics research board at the University of Alberta is Pro00102489.

UBC's Undergraduate Medical Program is looking for volunteer patients to help train medical students

Would you like to help train the doctors of tomorrow? We have a wonderful volunteer opportunity for you!

We are looking for volunteers living with underlying medical conditions to help first and second year medical students participate in virtual history taking sessions, which can be completed from the comfort of your own home.  

Volunteers will participate in either small group (max 8 students) or one-on-one sessions with first or second year medical students, and share their medical history and symptoms as the students practice their history taking and communication skills.  It is also a great way for these future doctors to learn more about your medical condition.

These sessions will run on an online platform, like Zoom or Skype. Computer access as well as basic computer skills will be necessary for these sessions. Technological support will be available.

Volunteers will receive a $20 - $50 stipend for participation for each session, depending on the type of session. The sessions will run from mid-September to April this coming year.

Anyone interested in participating can contact Kelly Levido, the Year 1 Patient Coordinator at hxpe.patients@ubc.ca.

More information can also be found at our website: 

https://mdprogram.med.ubc.ca/2012/05/16/ubc-clinical-skills-volunteer-patient-program/

A student-delivered Community Outreach teleheAlth program for Covid education and Health promotion (COACH)

Participants wanted for a study aiming to deliver a low-cost, proactive, telephone/video conferencing self-management program that will support community-living adults ages 65 years and older during difficult times, like the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you are 65 years old or older and living within the community (not in long term care) in BC, our COACH team (led by Dr. Brodie Sakakibara) or researchers from the University of British Columbia and Interior Health Authority, invites you to participate and learn strategies on how to manage your health and well-being during times of quarantining, social isolation, and physical distancing. There is no charge that you will need to pay for participating in the study.

Please contact the study coordinator, Ms. Michelle Yang, MSc student, via email (michelle.yang@alumni.ubc.ca) or phone at 250–807–8505 (8:30 am to 4:00 pm PST Monday to Friday) for more information.

 

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