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 (BC-PHCRN)
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. The BC-PHCRN is one of 11 SPOR Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations networks across Canada.
- Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovation Network
The pan-Canadian SPOR Network in Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations is a network of networks, including the BC-PHCRN, that builds on regional and national assets in community-based primary and integrated health care. MSFHR is pleased to offer matching funds to support the highest ranked BC applications that secure programmatic grants via the 2017 CIHR SPOR Network in Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovation.
- 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 has provided support of $1.5 million over five years to support the BC-based research activities of three networks: Can-SOLVE CKD, CHILD-BRIGHT, and the SPOR Network in Diabetes and its Related Complications.