Monitoring and clinically guiding injured agricultural workers using an advanced virtual care platform: ProMote

University of Alberta

Background

We have developed a virtual care platform that enables more complex rehabilitation assessments to be completed without patients having to travel into an urban centre. A new proposal has given us an opportunity to expand our work into the agricultural sector. We would like to use our system to support agricultural workers and their families to prevent injuries, heal from injuries, and add in a mental health and wellness component as well. The project hopes to benefit family farm workers, industrial farm and plant workers, Hutterite colonies, Indigenous farmers and migrant workers. The project hopes to improve the lives of agricultural workers through the prevention of injuries, promotion of  better outcomes after injury if this occurs, and supporting positive mental health practices. Increased access to care will decrease the burden of travel on patients and their families and can improve adherence to care programs.

We have developed programs to support care for shoulder injuries, hip and knee replacements, arthritis, wheelchair seating, general injury and vestibular and balance care. We are interested in supporting agricultural communities in areas that are important to them, and are open to developing new programs with our technology most meaningful and appropriate to them. Patient and community partners could help identify these priority areas, provide introductions to agricultural communities, and ensure patient and community perspective is central to our decision making.

Time Commitment

We are currently looking for a patient or community partner to review our grant funding application proposal to ensure patient perspective is included – that our project will be meaningful and appropriate to those we intend to benefit. If funded, this project is anticipated to start between April and October 2023 and run for 5 years.

We anticipate larger project meetings every 2-3 months, lasting 1 hour each. Planning will take the most time.

There will most likely be great involvement in the first year as priorities are identified with commitment decreasing as the project becomes implemented.

Compensation/Reimbursement

Compensation will be offered to patient and community partners at a rate of $25/hour.

This can be an online opportunity however if in-person is preferred, travel and parking related expenses will be reimbursed.


Emily Armstrong
eearmstr@ualberta.ca
780.920.525

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