Consent to Participate

The Aging in the Kootenays: Exploring Health Service Provision and Community Age-Friendliness project explores seniors’ (55+) experiences with and perceptions of health care services, the social determinants of seniors’ health and how these aid or deter seniors from accessing health care services in the community, and perceptions related to the age-friendliness of Nelson, BC. This research is a critical first step towards enabling connections between health care providers and senior citizens in efforts to provide and improve access to optimal health care. It is also a critical first step to better understanding how Nelson can become more ‘age friendly’.

This survey collects seniors’ perspectives related to health care challenges and opportunities and an assessment of age-friendly community features.

Project objectives include:
 To understand and document the current health care services senior citizens access
 To understand which social determinants of health aid or become a barrier to accessing health care services
 To identify barriers that impede access and supports that facilitate senior access to health care services
 To conduct an initial age friendly community assessment with the seniors population in Nelson

Survey Monkey is the online tool that will be used to collect survey responses. This web survey company is located in the United States and subject to privacy laws. This survey does not ask for personal identifiers. The web survey company servers record incoming IP addresses of the computer that you use to access the survey, but no connection is made between your data and your computer’s IP address. If you choose to participate in the survey, you understand that your responses to the survey questions will be stored and accessed by Survey Monkey. The security and privacy policy for the web survey company can be found at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/mp/policy/privacy-policy/. Your information as it is transmitted over the Internet will be protected by an enhanced security mechanism.

In some cases, student researchers may administer this survey in person. Researchers have signed a confidentiality agreement. At no time will any specific comments be attributed to any participant. Code names will be used to protect the anonymity of all participants. All information provided from the survey will be kept confidential, used only for the purposes of this research study, and will not be used in any identifiable way.

All electronic records from the survey will be kept in a secured environment. The researcher will destroy the raw data after 10 years. Raw data may be used for future longitudinal analysis. You will also be provided with a copy of the research study at your request.

Your participation is completely voluntary and you may refuse to participate or withdraw from the study at any time. The questionnaire will require approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. There are no risks that will be incurred as a result of your participation and no personal data will be collected. Submitting the online questionnaire indicates your consent to participate in this study.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you have about the study: Dr. Terri MacDonald, at 250-365-1434 (tmacdonald@selkirk.ca). If you have concerns about the study, please contact the Chair of the Research Ethics Committee – Human Participants, Paula Vaananen: pvaananen@selkirk.ca, 250-365-1430.

Sincerely,

Dr. Terri MacDonald (tmacdonald@selkirk.ca)
Regional Innovation Chair,
Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute, Selkirk College

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