Who We Are
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 British Columbia.
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.
What’s Health Research?
An organized way of collecting and analyzing information to understand and improve our health.
We’re changing health research to become more patient-oriented.
What’s Patient-Oriented Research?
Research done in partnership with patients, that answers research questions that matter to patients and aims to improve health care.
If you’d like to learn about the Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) definitions, please click here.
For a PDF version of our patient-oriented research definition, please click here.
Mission, Goals and Objectives
See our Mission, Goals and Objectives here.
To read more about our leadership team, click here.
We also have a province-wide Patient Council.
Methods Clusters, Data Initiatives
BC SUPPORT Unit Visual Structure
Want to work for the BC SUPPORT Unit? To see current opportunities, please see our Careers page.
To contact us, please see our Contact Page.