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Principal Investigator:
Dr. Jasneet Parmar, MBBS
Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Alberta
Phone: 780-901-6236
Lesley Charles, MBChB, CCFP (COE)
Sharon Anderson, PhD
Jean Triscott, MD, CCFP (COE)
Jennifer Stickney-Lee, MD, CCFP (COE)
Bonnie Dobbs, PhD
Josephine Tite, BGS
Sara Hafeez, MBBS, CCFP
Peter Tian, MD, MSc
Research Coordinator:
Peter Tian, MD, MSc
Phone: 780-492-6306
Invitation to Participate
You are invited to participate in this research study because you are a primary care physician.
Family Caregivers play a critical role in meeting the health, functional, social, emotional and financial needs of Canadians with chronic illnesses, disabilities, or frailty. Family caregivers provide at least 80% of care. New research shows the annual economic value of Alberta family caregivers’ care work is $12 billion per year.
The load and length of Caregiving has negative impacts on Family Caregivers. It can lead to deterioration of their mental, physical and financial health, and caregiver burnout. COVID-19 pandemic further added to caregiver burden of care and exponentially increased anxiety, loneliness and stress in them. 
Purpose of the Study Family Physicians are well positioned to support Family Caregivers, to bridge the gap between what Family Caregivers need and what they receive from the health care system. This study will determine the educational needs of Family Physicians on supporting Family Caregivers. The results of this study will inform the development of educational sessions for Family Physicians. 
Participation. If you wish to participate in this study, please complete the survey (link below). The survey will take you approximately 5 minutes to complete. You do not have to answer any questions that you do not want to answer.

Benefits: You may not directly benefit from participation in the study. However, the results of this study will inform upcoming educational sessions for Family Physicians.
Risks: There are no expected risks in taking part in this survey. All responses will remain confidential and anonymous.
Confidentiality and Anonymity. All responses will remain confidential and anonymous. The only people who will have access to the research data are the investigators listed above. The survey will be delivered through SurveyMonkey which house servers in the continental USA and subject to USA privacy legislation. Results will be published in pooled format.
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