Methods Clusters


Improving Patient Oriented Research 

The Methods Clusters study patient-oriented research by bringing together all the people involved in care: researchers, patients, health care providers and health care system decision-makers. Together, we take on research projects to improve our understanding about the best ways of doing patient-oriented research.  

Community Driven Priorities 

Our projects are driven by the communities they matter to. Our stakeholders identified six areas where more methodology research was most important to them. These areas became the six Methods Clusters. Each cluster worked with their communities to develop specific research themes relevant to their work.  

Studying and Doing 

All Methods Clusters projects are patient-oriented research projects. We study patient-oriented research, by doing patient-oriented research. 

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Browse Cluster Priorities

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The Methods Clusters' research started by listening to stakeholders to discuss areas of research that mattered to them. 42 unique projects were created to address these priorities.

We’re working on an interactive diagram that shows all the clusters, priorities, and projects—together—so you can see how they’re all connected.

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Methods Matters Webinar

Bright and colourful poster for the Methods Matters Webinar "Patient-Reported Outcome Measures (PROMS) for Falls Prevention" with an image of a patient having her foot placed in a brace by a doctor.

“Methods Matters” is a new monthly webinar series from the Unit's Methods Clusters to showcase emerging research in patient-oriented research methods. Hear from Methods Cluster project teams throughout BC who are doing patient-oriented research while studying patient-oriented research!

We are excited to announce the third Methods Matter webinar of the series, Patient-Reported Outcome Measures (PROMS) for Falls Prevention, presented by Jennifer Davis and Daria Tai.

Watch the recording

Methods Section Blog

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"Most clinical researchers who come up with their ideas do ask others if it's a good idea…. but the trouble is they ask other clinicians, and not potential patients."

So, we asked patients. What did they want from their treatment?

Nick Bansback & Mark Harrison on rethinking how we design clinical studies.

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Plain Language Guide

Write for Everyone

At the BC SUPPORT Unit, we’re serious about accessibility, and that starts with our words. Research can be so full of jargon that it prevents many audiences that we care about from truly engaging with the work. This interactive practical guide to plain language walks you through the process in plain language, providing tools, resources, and best practices to shape more clear, concise and accessible writing.

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Inside the Clusters

real world clinical trials
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The Real-World Clinical Trials Cluster works to build capacity and foster methodological development in the field of clinical trials. The goal of the Cluster is to address the needs of diverse real-world populations and individual patient priorities, while working to make clinical trials more feasible and efficient in real-world settings. 

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data science and health informatics
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DaSHI aims to advance patient-oriented research methods by using data science and health informatics methods to improve healthcare processes and patient-reported outcomes.

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patient engagement
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Patient Engagement is focused on advancing the ways patients can be involved in health research.  This cluster aims to deepen our understanding and lead the way with provincially-focused methods that foster meaningful and active collaboration between health care researchers, providers and patients. 

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health economics and simulation modelling
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The Health Economics and Simulation Modelling methods cluster undertakes projects to understand how decisions are made in healthcare and how research funds can be spent on issues that matter to patients.   

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knowledge translation and implementation science
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The Knowledge Translation and Implementation Science Methods Cluster works with the broad range of activities, methods, and scientific evidence that promotes the uptake of health research findings into routine healthcare practice. Together, this cluster studies methods that will help close the gaps between knowledge and practice in the context of patient-oriented research.

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patient-centred measurement
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The Patient-Centred Measurement methods cluster aims to understand what matters most to patients by collecting information on their experiences and outcomes. Through collecting, reporting and incorporating these metrics into research and services, patients and families are able to have an impact on the quality of care that they receive.  

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