Rural Evidence Review

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What is the Rural Evidence Review?

The goal of the Rural Evidence Review (RER) project is to work with rural citizens to provide high quality, useful evidence for rural health care planning in British Columbia. To do this we: (1) ask rural citizens about the health care priorities that matter the most to them and their communities, (2) review the evidence on what we hear, and (3) share what we learn with policy-makers and health administrators in the province. The project is jointly funded by the Rural Coordination Centre of British Columbia and Canada’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research.

Who are we?

We are a team of researchers from the Centre for Rural Health Research in the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia. To learn more about the RER team, click here.

How can you help?

We need the help of rural citizens to know which health care issues are most important to rural communities in B.C., and which topics to research and try to improve. No issue is too big or too small!

Participate in the Rural Citizen Advisory Committee

The Rural Evidence Review Team is putting together a Rural Citizen Advisory Committee to:

(1) Provide local input about rural health care needs in British Columbia.

(2) Provide feedback on the project’s work.

(3) Help our team to plan how to share the project’s findings with rural communities across B.C.

Rural citizens in British Columbia who are interested in participating on the advisory committee are asked to email the project’s Manager, Christine, at to let our team know that you would like to take part.

Contact Us

The project’s Manager, Christine, can be reached at any time to discuss the health care issues and priorities that are most important to rural citizens and communities in B.C. Christine can be reached by email at

Our Work

Findings from the Rural Evidence Review Survey

An Investigation of Rural Citizen-Patient Priorities for Health Care Planning: Outreach Survey Findings (Summary) – August 2019

This summary report describes the findings of the analysis of survey data from April 16, 2018 t0 July 10, 2019 from the project’s provincial survey to understand rural community priorities for health care in British Columbia.







Literature Reviews


Citizen-Patient-Community Participation in Health Care Planning, Decision-Making and Delivery through Rural Health Councils: A Scoping Review – July 2019

A scoping review of the international evidence to understand the structure, function and impact of rural health councils that include citizens, patients and communities in health care planning, decision-making and delivery activities.







Community-Level Strategies for Recruiting and Retaining Health Care Providers to Rural and Remote Areas: A Scoping Review – December 2018

A scoping review of the international evidence, exploring community-level factors and strategies to facilitate and improve the recruitment and retention of health care providers to rural and remote areas. This review was conducted through the Rural Evidence Review project.








Patients Travelling from Urban Geographies to Rural Hospitals for Procedural Care: A Realist Consideration – November 2017









Citizen-Patient-Community Participation in Health Care Planning, Decision-Making and Delivery through Rural Health CouncilsSeptember 2019





Community Involvement in the Recruitment and Retention of the Rural Health Workforce – March 2019





Urban to Rural Travel for Surgical Care – May 2018







Christine Carthew, Project Manager