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.
In 2017-2018, thanks to your support, we:
- Engaged with patient partners across the province through working groups, events, interview panel participation, and more to ensure that patients are engaged in all aspects of patient-oriented research.
- Conducted a needs assessment survey to understand patient-oriented research training in BC.
- Launched four regional centres across the province: Fraser Centre, Interior Centre, Northern Centre, and Vancouver Island Centre.
- Launched the Pathways to Patient-Oriented Research (P2P) Awards, in partnership with the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research.
- Hosted the inaugural BC SUPPORT Unit conference, called Putting Patients First 2017, which drew approximately 300 attendees, with nearly 20% identifying as patients.
- Developed four new Methods Clusters, joining one already launched in the previous year. A lead for another cluster was recruited to prepare for future development.
- Worked collaboratively to expand the Data Advisory Committee to develop a provincial data plan and implement data-related projects.
- Supported two provincial demonstration projects to increase the quality and impact of patient-oriented research across BC.
Thank you to all of our partners, without whom we could not have had such a great impact on patient-oriented research in British Columbia and beyond.
We look forward to continuing our work collaboratively in 2019 to create meaningful and lasting changes in health research and improving health care for all British Columbians.