Help Needed!

Dear BCTRA members,

“Living with a Chronic Disease: Experiences of Well-Being” is a two-phase Douglas College undergraduate research study. The purpose of Phase 1 was to better understand the ways in which people with various types of chronic diseases experience and understand their well-being. Phase 1 of the project found that four themes characterized well-being for people with various types of chronic diseases. Well-being was found to be understood and experienced as: the ability to function, the ability to engage in meaningful leisure and recreation, a physical state, and the product of social support.

The purpose of Phase 2 is to determine, from a professional perspective, the implications of a ‘lived experience of chronic disease’ conceptualization of well-being for therapeutic recreation practice. The current research question is: “From a professional perspective, what are the implications of a “lived-experience of chronic disease” conceptualization of well-being for therapeutic recreation practice?” Participants will be asked to complete an online survey with questions relating to their own practice in physical rehabilitation.

I am kindly asking members who meet the inclusion criteria (see below) to complete this online survey, which will take 20 minutes or less to complete.

To participate in this study, you must:

  • Be a member of BCTRA or CTRA, or another provincial therapeutic recreation association
  • Be employed in a therapeutic recreation role
  • Have worked in a physical rehabilitation setting for at least 1 year
  • Have previous experience working with people with chronic disease (any physical health condition that progresses slowly, persists for more than 6 months and requires ongoing symptom management and the utilization of healthcare services)

Your participation in this study will benefit you by increasing your knowledge of well-being in people with chronic disease and enhance your ability to provide enhanced person-centered services to clients with chronic disease. This study will also benefit the Therapeutic Recreation profession by documenting how therapeutic recreation interventions directly relate to well-being in clients with chronic disease. The knowledge gained from this research will add to the existing literature on well-being and chronic disease, which can be used for evidence-based practice. Please complete this survey no later than March 13, 2018.

If you are interested in participating in the online survey, please click here: to read the consent form and to access the survey.

Best regards,

Jennifer Parks (Student researcher)