T4P: Pre-Conference Workshop

  • Registration is free of charge. 
  • Lunch will be provided

“Tools for Patient-Oriented Research” (T4P) 
Pre-conference Workshop
October 3, 2018 | 12:30pm - 4:30pm

Marriott Vancouver Pinnacle Downtown (1128 West Hastings Street).

Lunch will be provided.

In response to the increasing (1) ‘push’ from funding organizations for patient-oriented research, and the (2) ‘pull’ from health care researchers for resources to support patient engagement on research teams, the BC SUPPORT Unit is offering a half day in-person workshop to provide researchers / trainees with exposure to existing tools and resources for patient-oriented research.

What is the purpose of the workshop? 

To provide researchers / trainees with an opportunity to explore an array of resources to inform and support engaging patients on research teams.

Who is the workshop appropriate for? 

Health care researchers and trainees interested in - or currently doing - patient-oriented research.

When is the workshop? 

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 from 12:30pm - 4:30pm

Lunch will be provided.

Where will the workshop be hosted? 

#PPF18 hotel: Marriott Vancouver Pinnacle Downtown (1128 West Hastings Street). The hotel has a special rate of $380 per night, plus taxes and fees. Make your reservation at this rate here.  If you are eligible, please use the Government Rate when booking accommodation. Please note that accommodation must be booked by September 4th, 2018.  

This workshop is being held in Vancouver but is intended as a pilot for potential distribution as an in-person event throughout BC and potentially for delivery in a virtual format. 

What is the format of the workshop? 

This half-day in-person workshop will include both didactic and interactive components. Participants will require a laptop, tablet or other electronic device to enable real-time interaction with resources accessed via the internet.

What are the objectives of the workshop?

  1. To expose researchers/ trainees to helpful tools that may be used for undertaking research with patient partners.

  2. To provide an opportunity for researchers/trainees to network enabling potential future collaboration.

  3. To share information, and enable discussion, regarding the services available from the BC SUPPORT Unit.

Who is hosting the workshop?

T4P will be hosted by Alison Hoens and Larry Mróz: 

Alison Hoens is the Knowledge Translation Specialist for the Methods Clusters at the BC SUPPORT Unit. She’s a Clinical Professor in the UBC Department of Physical Therapy, a Research Associate at CHEOS, and is seconded to the SUPPORT Unit from her positions as both Knowledge Broker at UBC and Research, Education, and Practice Coordinator for Physiotherapy at Providence Health Care. She has a passion for supporting researchers, clinicians, decision-makers and patients/family/carers in collaboratively undertaking research that is translated effectively into care.

Dr. Lawrence Mróz is the Research Navigator & Patient Engagement Coordinator for the Vancouver Centre of the BC SUPPORT Unit.  He has a master's degree in biology and worked in molecular biology bench research and with the first year biology laboratory teaching program at UBC. He has a doctorate in human nutrition and has many years experience teaching and doing qualitative health research at UBC in cancer prevention and survivorship, men’s health and palliative care. He brings his teaching and research experience and passion for understanding patient perspectives and experiences with their health into his work helping researchers  develop their patient-oriented research programs.

What do I need to know to participate?

This workshop will explore tools for conducting POR, and will not provide an overview of POR. If you don’t yet possess an understanding of POR, we ask that you review the following materials prior to the workshop. We won’t be able to spend time going into detail about what POR is and assume that you have a foundational understanding of the POR approach to health research. These materials include: (a) three “quick reads” that define POR and define patient-centred outcomes research, which is related to but not POR; and, (b) one webinar recording introducing POR by our Scientific Director, Dr. Stirling Bryan, and our Patient Engagement Lead, Colleen McGavin.

  1. Quick Reads:


  1. Webinar Recording:


Thank you in advance for coming prepared to this workshop. We look forward to exploring Tools for POR together!


**And a reminder to please remember to bring your laptop or tablet so you can explore these tools.**