HER-BC: Health and Economics Research on Midlife Women in British Columbia

Exploring the experiences and health behaviours of midlife women during the menopause transition, to better understand barriers to care, impacts to work and caregiving, and influence on daily living and quality of life.

About Our Research

The Women’s Health Research Institute, in partnership with Pacific Blue Cross and the BC Women’s Hospital Foundation, is conducting a large online survey to explore the physical and psychological health experiences of midlife women. Of particular interest is the transition through menopause, its associated symptoms, and their impact to daily living, quality of life, work productivity and caregiving responsibilities.

The current research project is recruiting participants who are:

  • Between the ages of 39 to 60.
  • Residents of BC
  • Assigned female at birth, and
  • Identify as a woman, gender diverse, or trans

Participants will be asked to complete an online survey that will take approximately 30 to 45 minutes. When you are finished, you will be entered into a draw for a $50 gift-card (1 in 10 chance), or a $100, $250 or $500 gift card, valid for use in Canada only. Winners will be selected in Spring 2024 and be contacted via email.

Who We Are

The research team is comprised of clinician scientists from psychology, family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, including specialties in pain, health economics, a methodologist and biostatistician, and knowledge mobilization, in collaboration with patient partners.


     – Dr. Lori Brotto, Principal Investigator

     – Dr. Gina Ogilvie, Co-Investigator

     – Dr. Marina Adshade, Co-Investigator

     – Dr. Paul Yong, Co-Investigator

     – Laurie Smith, Co-Investigator


     – Shirley Weir, Menopause Chicks

   Project Team

     – Sabina Dobrer, Senior Statistician

     – Kathryn Dewar, Senior Research Manager

     – Nicole Prestley, Knowledge Translation Manager

     – Amy Booth, Research Coordinator

     – Cynthia Lin Hsieh, Primary Contact for HER-BC, Lead Research Coordinator

Are You A Midlife Woman With Lived Experience?

We are looking for a patient-partner to join the HER-BC Research Team. Your first-hand experience of midlife and menopause can help us better integrate patient priorities into the research project, including providing feedback on 1) recruitment strategies, 2) dissemination of findings and outcomes to a public audience, and 3) exploring areas of future research in midlife women's health.

We will provide patient-partners a stipend for their time. Estimated time commitment is 10 to 15 hours, although you can decide your level of involvement with what you feel comfortable with.

Please email us at herbc(at)phsa.ca to let us know you are interested!