BC Health Research Connection – REACH BC

With only 15% of British Columbians aware of current health and research participation opportunities, but over 70% interested in participating in health research, the BC Health Research Connection project’s goal is to help connect patients and the public to health research opportunities meaningful to them.


Design an online platform to improve how patients and public volunteers find research opportunities related to their health condition or interests.


The design of the platform tested well with users during the solution design phase. The project is currently in the final stages of development and is planned to launch early 2020.

The Bottum Line

In order for it to be successful it needs to become the centralized resources for researchers to post their opportunities and find study participants and patient partners.


Frictionaless onboarding and communications between researchers and participants were identified as key design problems. It must be easy for new users to sign up and identify their areas of interest. We created a functional prototype allowing us to test the interaction design with users, focusing especially on the steps where new users define their research interests.