Op-ed: Engagement in research brings benefits

British Columbia has a significant opportunity to leverage public interest in research for the benefit of our health system, writes Dr. Bev Holmes, MSFHR vice-president, research & impact, in a new Vancouver Sun op-ed.

British Columbia has a significant opportunity to leverage public interest in research for the benefit of our health system, writes Dr. Bev Holmes, MSFHR vice-president, research & impact, in a new Vancouver Sun op-ed.

Holmes points to the findings of a recent Research Canada public opinion poll that found 70 percent of British Columbians are interested in helping to set priorities for funding health research. Only 15 percent, however, are aware of opportunities to do so.

This disparity between interest and awareness suggests a need to channel the public’s support for research into actions that can make meaningful contributions to improving our health research system.

Holmes highlights work already underway on the BC SUPPORT Unit for patient-oriented research, as well as our province’s strong foundation of patient engagement in health care.