Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Participants needed: Farm Family Health Research Project

The British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women's Health is recruiting farmers and ranchers in British Columbia who would be interested in participating in a Farm Family Health Research Project

This large cross-Canada study wants to look at the health impact of Bovine Spongiform Encephalitis (BSE) on individuals, families, and communities. We are looking for men and women over the age of 18 who live or work on a farm.

Who can participate?
We would like to hear from dairy and beef farmers and ranchers, feedlot owners, and small and big operations from across the province.

What do you have to do?
You will be asked to fill in a questionnaire that will be mailed to you. We are hoping to be in touch again one or two more times in the next six years. We would like to track how BSE, or "mad cow disease", and related prion diseases have affected you and what you have done to respond and to promote your well-being.

Who is conducting the study and why?
A team of researchers across Canada funded by PRIONET Canada (www.prionetcanada.ca). Little research has been directed at the health impact of BSE on individuals, families, and communities. We need to understand these effects to form and evaluate programs and policies to promote the health of Canadian farm families.

For more information visit:
http://www.bccewh.bc.ca/news-events/default.htm (poster available)

If you would like to help with recruitment please contact:
Marie Dussault
604.875.2424 /1.888.300.3088 ext.6487

To participate please contact:
Madhu Sindhwani
Toll free 1-877-422-4358
Fax: 403-270-7307