About Us

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:

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.

The Unit is one of 11 SUPPORT Units established across the country as part of Canada’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) led by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

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

Our Services

Current services include patient engagement, research methods support, data access & use, knowledge translation, and training & capacity development through webinars , online resources, national curriculum training and an annual conference. To inquire about our services, you can fill out our form.

Leadership Team

To read more about our leadership team, click here.

Demonstration Projects

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.

Advisory Groups

We also have a province-wide Patient Council.

Methods Clusters, Data Initiatives

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.

BC SUPPORT Unit Visual Structure

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.


Want to work for the BC SUPPORT Unit? To see current opportunities, please see our Careers page

Contact Us

To contact us, please see our Contact Page