Studying the use of telemedicine for Northern Ontarians with IBD

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If you live in Northern Ontario and have been diagnosed with Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, researchers want to hear from you

The PACE Inflammatory Bowel Disease Telemedicine Program at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto is hosting a web-chat based focus group in your community to better understand your IBD care journey. The team specifically wants to know if you have faced barriers to receiving specialized IBD care in your community, and if so, how can we use technology or a different care model to help overcome these challenges. Your input will help our team further develop our telemedicine-based IBD services for individuals living in rural and remote areas of the province.

The focus groups will be held in Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) studios located in Timmins, Sudbury, Thunder Bay and Sault Ste. Marie. You would be required to travel to the OTN studio closest to you in order to participate. Your mileage or transportation costs will be reimbursed.

Date: Friday, June 23rd from 2-4 pm

Location: An OTN telemedicine studio in Timmins, Sudbury, Sault Ste. Marie, or Thunder Bay 

Compensation: In appreciation of your thoughtful opinions, focus group participants will receive a $25 gift card and mileage or transportation costs will be reimbursed.

For more information or to register please contact Shelley Bouchard at or call 416-586-4800 ext. 7820.

Space is limited, so please get in touch soon if you are interested in participating.

  • Canada has among the highest incidence rates of Crohn's and colitis in the world.
  • 1 in 140 Canadians lives with Crohn’s or colitis.
  • Families new to Canada are developing these diseases for the first time.
  • Incidence of Crohn’s in Canadian kids under 10 has doubled since 1995.
  • People are most commonly diagnosed before age 30.

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