POR Competencies (for all stakeholders)

POR Competencies

(the "POR Pathways Project")

The Patient-Oriented Research (POR) Pathways project, which is nearing completion, has focused on the competencies (defined as knowledge, skills, attitudes and attributes) needed by individuals joining POR research teams. Our project team conducted a full scoping review of peer-reviewed literature and grey literature to identify competencies that have appeared in the literature and to search for consensus among writers on the topic. We explored competencies for each stakeholder group as defined by CIHR -- patients, researchers, health care providers and health system decision-makers. Our work resulted in a clear statement of competencies for patients and researchers with fewer competencies noted for health care providers and decision-makers. These competencies were reviewed for input and comment by a group of local and international expert advisors from all stakeholder groups. Our results have been submitted for publication in a manuscript detailing the finalized competencies. The competencies are well aligned with topics covered in existing training programs. We have developed self-assessment tools that permit individuals to assess their readiness to engage in POR research and to help each person identify personal training needs. These tools are web-based and interactive and include online links to training and resources to acquire competencies. These tools are being reviewed by our Group of Advisors. (Projected completion date: Fall 2019)

Resources related to this project

  1. Webinar Recording and Slide deck (Oct 2018)
  2. Cochrane Colloquium Presentation abstract, Edinburgh (Sep 2018)
  3. Scoping review protocol article (Jul 2018): 
    Mallidou, A. A., Frisch, N., Doyle-Waters, M. M., MacLeod, M. L. P., Ward, J., & Atherton, P. (2018). Patient-Oriented Research Competencies in Health (PORCH) for patients, healthcare providers, decision-makers and researchers: protocol of a scoping review. Systematic Reviews, 7, 101. doi: https://doi.org/10.1186/s13643-018-0762-1

Project team members:

  • Noreen Frisch, Professor Emerita, School of Nursing, University of Victoria*
  • Pat Atherton, BC SUPPORT Unit
  • Mimi Doyle-Waters, UBC Librarian, Centre for Clinical Epidemiology & Evaluation (C2E2)
  • Martha MacLeod, Professor and Northern Health-UNBC Knowledge Mobilization Research Chair, School of Nursing, University of Northern BC
  • Anastasia Mallidou, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, University of Victoria
  • Vanessa Sheane, PhD Candidate, School of Nursing, University of Victoria
  • John Ward, BC SUPPORT Unit
  • Jinelle Woodley, PhD Candidate, School of Nursing, University of Victoria

*Project Lead