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 our stakeholders: 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).
Photos from our annual Putting Patients First conference (2017)
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?
Patient-oriented research (POR) is 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.
Are you a researcher interested in conducting patient-oriented research? Check out our document, How Patient-Oriented is Your Research to determine how well you're already doing and see where you can grow!
Mission, Goals and Objectives
See our Mission, Goals and Objectives here.
To read more about our leadership team, click here.
Advisory Groups, Councils, and Boards
The BC Support Unit is governed by the BC AHSN Board of Directors, which represents wide-ranging expertise to enable us to fulfill our mandate.
The BC SUPPORT Unit Advisory Council launched in November 2019. The Advisory Council serves as a source of expert advice to support the successful achievement of the Unit’s strategic priorities.
We also have a province-wide Patient Council, which provides input on issues pertaining to the governance of the BC SUPPORT Unit and support BC SUPPORT Unit personnel related to the Unit's operations.
The Unit also created Methods Clusters (methodological communities of practice) to improve the science of patient-oriented research methods.
The Unit has contributed to several provincial 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.
We’re excited to share the 2017-2018 BC SUPPORT Unit Stakeholder Report with you, highlighting the work of the Unit and our partners to support, streamline and increase patient-oriented research throughout British Columbia. This document reports on our activities up to March 31st, 2018. View the report here