SPOR SUPPORT Units

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Overview

SUPPORT Units were designed to provide decision-makers and health care providers with the ways and means to connect research with patient needs so that evidence-based solutions can be applied to health care—and then shared throughout the country.

One of the most important roles for a SUPPORT Unit is to act as a convener in their home province or territory. This means, for example, that a SUPPORT Unit may bring the right players to the table—including researchers, policy makers, politicians, health care providers, and patients—to address a pressing health care issue. Without the SUPPORT Unit, these players often wouldn’t find themselves working together on such a large scale—and, in fact, teams that had historically seen each other as competitors may transform into collaborators during the process. To learn more about the success of SUPPORT Units, visit SPOR in Action.

As part of their mission, SUPPORT Units also provide researchers with the tools needed to conduct patient-oriented research. Many offer training sessions, access to clinical and administrative data, and other types of support.

For patients, SUPPORT Units provide the necessary training to participate in research as a partner rather than as a traditional research participant. This enables patients to help guide the research that affects them.

SUPPORT Units

Most SUPPORT Units have their own websites, which are listed below. Please visit the website of your SUPPORT Unit of interest in order to learn more about their activities and offerings.

Nunavut
Dr. Michael Patterson
MPatterson@GOV.NU.CA

Ontario
Dr. Vasanthi Srinivasan
VasanthiSrinivasan@ossu.ca

Quebec (French only)
Dr. Alain Vanasse
Alain.vanasse.ccsmtl@ssss.gouv.qc.ca

Saskatchewan
Dr. Malcolm King
Malcolm.king@usask.ca

Yukon
Sabrina Kinsella
Sabrina.Kinsella@gov.yk.ca

CIHR

Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR)
160 Elgin Street, 9th Floor
Address Locator 4809A
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0W9
Canada

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