FHS Research in Progress Talks - Findings from an evaluation of Better at Home, a non-medical home support program for seniors in British Columbia

by Dr. David Whitehurst, Associate Professor, FHS, SFU

November 08, 2018

Event Type

Seminar Series


November 08, 2018 at 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


Blusson Hall, Room 9920


In 2006, a report by the Premier’s Council on Aging and Seniors’ Issues recommended that the province increase the availability of home support services to help the growing population of seniors to retain their independence and connection with their communities. The BC Ministry of Health responded by developing the Better at Home initiative in partnership with the United Way of the Lower Mainland. This initiative was designed to assess the ability of communities to provide and deliver a basket of non-medical home support services through local groups, i.e., outside the formal health care system. This FHS Research Seminar provides an overview of the mixed-methods research program for the evaluation of Better at Home, which includes qualitative, longitudinal survey and administrative data components. More specifically, this talk will comprise discussion of the study design (and associated challenges) and findings from the quality of life and wellbeing survey.


Dr. David Whitehurst is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University. He is an economist who has specialized in the areas of health and health care throughout his career, with research interests and expertise that include the measurement and validation of generic, preference-based health outcomes suitable for use in economic evaluation. Clinical contexts of Dr. Whitehurst’s work span a wide range of populations, including seniors, musculoskeletal conditions, spinal cord injury, and aphasia.


  • This Seminar Series is open to the SFU and the Broader Research Community.  
  • This seminar may be webcast and recorded.
  • A light lunch will be available at this seminar.  
  • The FHS Research Seminar Series is an Accredited Small Group Learning by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons.