Consultation shaping health research strategy

22 May 2013

Stakeholders in BC’s health research community are responding positively to opportunities to provide input into the development of a health research strategy for BC.

In late April, nearly 100 people participated in one of five focus sessions to offer their thoughts and feedback on the emerging directions. The insights gathered from these sessions have helped develop common themes that will shape the next steps in the consultation and, ultimately, the final strategy.

One of the main themes that emerged from the focus sessions was the need for a vision for the health research strategy. Building on that theme, the planning team will be seeking feedback on a draft vision as part of the online survey, scheduled to launch May 27.

Further consultation will happen in June, when workshops around the province will give participants the opportunity to review the strategy’s main themes and goals and provide input on how those resonate for their region. This will help determine if further refinement is needed to meet regional needs.

The goal of the provincial health research strategy is to shape a more comprehensive, coordinated and systems-oriented approach to health research across the province. BC’s health research community endorsed MSFHR to facilitate the process; a preliminary planning phase in fall 2012 included the establishment of an advisory board, reference group and planning team, and resulted in key informant interviews and the identification of five emerging strategic directions.

Visit the BC Health Research Strategy website for news, background information, and resources.