Methods Clusters

What are Methods Clusters?

There are two major components of the BC SUPPORT Unit:

  1. Supporting the ‘doing’ of patient-oriented research– helping research teams to link to experts and resources that will enrich the ‘patient-orientedness’ of their projects.
  2. Supporting the ‘studying’ of patient-oriented research – bringing together researchers, patients, health care providers and health care system decision makers, to collectively undertake research projects that answer questions about what are the best ways (i.e. methods) to do patient-oriented research.

GraphicThe Methods Clusters are primarily responsible for the ‘studying’ component of the BC SUPPORT Unit.

To get help for your research team to do patient-oriented research (the 'doing' component of the BC SUPPORT Unit), please fill out our inquiry form.

The mandate of the Methods Clusters is to advance the scientific methods used in patient-oriented research (POR) by fostering a community of researchers, with relevant stakeholders, to collaboratively undertake projects which will answer questions about how to do POR better.

There are three main goals for the Methods Clusters:

  1. To advance the science of the methods used within the field
  2. To promote the use of the knowledge generated by the methods cluster
  3. To promote the field of research (particularly within patient-oriented research)

Who are the Methods Cluster Leads?

Real-World Clinical Trials Dr. Hubert Wong
Data Science & Health Informatics Dr. Leanne Currie
Health Economics & Simulation Modelling Dr. Nick Bansback and
Dr. David Whitehurst
Knowledge Translation & Implementation Science Dr. Linda Li
Patient Engagement Dr. Erin Michalak
Patient-Centred Measurement Dr. Rick Sawatzky

What are the 6 Methods Clusters at the BC SUPPORT Unit?

Can anyone join a Methods Cluster?

There are no criteria to ‘belong’ to a methods cluster. Researchers, patients, health care providers and health care system decision makers who are interested in contributing to any of the projects or activities undertaken by the cluster are encouraged to contact Alison Hoens, Methods Cluster Knowledge Translation Specialist.

Where can I get more information?

To get more information about the methods clusters please contact Alison Hoens, Methods Cluster Knowledge Translation Specialist.