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McGill University is collaborating with the Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation (CWGHR) on a Canada-wide survey. We are attempting to better understand the mental health needs of older adults (50 years of age or older) living with chronic health conditions that result in episodic disability. Episodic disability is characterized by fluctuating periods and degrees of wellness and illness. These periods of wellness and illness are unpredictable. Because it is often difficult to predict when episodes of illness will occur, how severe they will be and how long they will last, episodic disability can have a negative impact on employment participation, income stability, coordination of care and social inclusion.

Your participation in this study will help us to identify available resources as well as gaps in mental health services for older adults living with chronic health conditions. You may not directly benefit from this research, but your participation may support the research and development of new services to address current service gaps faced by this population.

The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. There are no correct or incorrect responses, only your experiences and ideas. You do not have to answer every question and may skip questions if you wish. The survey is completed anonymously and the information you choose to share will be kept confidential.

Please feel free to forward the survey link to any of your colleagues or peers who may be interested. The survey will remain open until July 30, 2015.

If you are a SERVICE USER (an individual living with a chronic health condition please select the following link:

English: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/episodic_disability_mental_health_service_user

Français: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/invalidite_episodique_sante_mentale_client

If you are a SERVICE PROVIDER (a health professional or other individual working with clients and patients with chronic health conditions etc.) please select the following link:

English: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/episodic_disability_mental_health_pro

Français: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/invalidite_episodique_sante_mentale_pro

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

The Episodic Disability and Mental Health Research Team
Heather Lambert, PhD, erg., OT(C) (McGill University)
Ashley Boublil (Student, MSc Applied Occupational Therapy, McGill)
Kalina Kotseva (Student, MSc Applied Occupational Therapy, McGill)
Erin Rivers (Student, MSc Applied Occupational Therapy, McGill)