Rural Evidence Review & BC Rural Health Network Launch COVID-19 Survey

The Rural Evidence Review project in collaboration with the BC Rural Health Network has launched a provincial survey to understand rural and remote community experiences and responses to COVID-19.

The BC Rural Health Network includes rural community health care advocacy organizations across the province. It is their shared goal to promote a health care system that improves and sustains the health and wellbeing of rural residents across BC.

The Rural Evidence Review is a collaboration between UBC’s Centre for Rural Health Research and the Rural Coordination Centre of BC, with funding through the BC SUPPORT Unit. The goal of the project is to work together with rural patients to provide high-quality and useful evidence for rural health care planning in BC.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rural Evidence Review together with the BC Rural Health Network has created a short, anonymous online survey to ask rural communities across BC about their experiences of COVID-19. The findings of the survey will be used to understand rural community innovation and resiliency in the face of the pandemic. The findings will be shared with rural and remote BC communities to support learning and collaboration across communities, and with health care decision-makers to support rural health care planning.

The survey is available at the following link:, and participation is open to all residents of rural and remote BC communities. The survey is available on an ongoing basis, with no established end date. For individuals who do not feel comfortable to complete the online survey, there is the option to participate in a telephone interview.

To learn more about the initiative, please contact the Coordinator of the Rural Evidence Review project, Christine Carthew, at the following email: