The BC SUPPORT (Support for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials) Unit is a multi-partner organization created to support, streamline and increase patient-oriented research throughout BC.
We define patient-oriented research as research that is done in partnership with patients, answers research questions that matter to patients, and aims to improve healthcare.
The Unit has two main roles:
- Providing services to patients, researchers, health care providers and health system decision makers
- Facilitating initiatives identified as provincial priorities
There’s a provincial hub located in Vancouver which coordinates activities across BC and provides services to the Vancouver region. There are also four regional centres located in other regional health authority areas (Fraser, Interior, Northern, and Vancouver Island).
Current services include patient engagement, research methods support, data access & use, knowledge translation, and training and capacity development. The Unit is part of the developing BC Academic Health Science Network (BC AHSN) with the network’s board providing governance and oversight.
More BC SUPPORT Unit Activities
The Unit also created methods clusters (methodological communities of practice) to improve the science of patient-oriented research methods. The Unit also contributes to several provincial data initiatives.
Interested in an overall look at the BC SUPPORT Unit model? Check out the poster we displayed at the SPOR Summit in October, 2016. Or check out a slide deck that highlights developments in data access for researchers.