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 additional regional centres located in other regional health authority areas (Fraser, Interior, Northern, and Vancouver Island). The Unit is part of the BC Academic Health Science Network (BC AHSN) with the network’s board providing governance and oversight.
Current services include patient engagement, research methods support, data access & use, knowledge translation, and training & capacity development through webinars , online resources and an annual conference. To inquire about our services, you can fill out our form.
We are increasing the quality and impact of patient-oriented research across BC by facilitating and studying two initial demonstration projects: the BC Health Research Connection Project and the BC Emergency Medicine Network.
We also have a province-wide Patient Council.
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.
To read more about our management team, click here.
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.