Research SPOR
Written by Camille Viray, Education and Communications Coordinator, Department of Evaluation and Research Services

A partnership with SFU will involve patients in setting research priorities and research questions, designing research methods, research governance, participating on research teams and publishing results.

Research is changing: it’s time to involve patients in everything from setting research priorities and research questions, to designing research methods, research governance, participating on research teams and publishing results.

At Researchers’ Cafes this week, Fraser Health and Simon Fraser University announced the launch of the BC SUPPORT Unit Fraser Centre to help achieve those goals. Services are now available for those who wish to find out more about patient-oriented research and how they can be supported.

The BC SUPPORT Unit is a multi-partner organization created to support, streamline and increase patient-oriented research throughout B.C. Patient-oriented research engages patients as partners and focuses on patient-identified priorities with the goals of improving patient experiences, health outcomes and the health system. The Fraser Centre will provide support services to all academic and health authority researchers working in the Fraser Valley.

The Fraser Centre, jointly administered by the Fraser Health Department of Evaluation and Research Services and Simon Fraser University, is one of several  SUPPORT Units established across the country as part of Canada’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR), led by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. A total of $79.96 million has been committed to launch this initiative across B.C. for the next four years, until March 31, 2021.

Key goals of the BC SUPPORT Unit are to:

  • Build capacity to conduct and implement high quality patient-oriented research in all regions;   
  • Increase the quality and impact of patient-oriented research across BC; and 
  • Ensure ongoing support for patient-oriented research in all regions of the province.

For more information, see the announcement on research.fraserhealth.ca.


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