Patient-oriented research refers to research that engages patients as partners, focuses on patient-identified priorities and improves patient outcomes. This research, conducted by multidisciplinary teams in partnership with stakeholders, aims to apply the knowledge generated to improve health care systems and practices.
MSFHR is actively supporting a number of provincial and national initiatives aimed at enhancing the way patient-oriented research is conducted. These investments will increase the responsiveness of BC’s health research system to provincial priorities by establishing supportive structures and fostering connections between researchers and research users.
- BC SUPPORT Unit
This unit, developed under Canada's Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) led by CIHR, will provide services for researchers, patients, health care providers, and health system decision-makers. MSFHR is providing services to enable the unit’s start-up phase.
- BC Primary Health Care Research Network
The network’s goal is to encourage, facilitate, and support collaborations between government, health authorities, health professionals, and researchers. MSFHR and CIHR have each committed $500,000 over five years to support the network’s development and operations.
- Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovation Network
MSFHR is pleased to provide matching funds to support the highest ranked BC applications in three funding opportunities offered through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovation Network (PIHCIN).
- SPOR Networks in Chronic Disease
These networks are funded by CIHR as part of the national SPOR initiative. Their primary objective is to translate existing and new health research into measureable improvements in patient outcomes and health care delivery. MSFHR will provide support of up to $500,000 over five years to each successful network with a BC-based Principal Applicant.