BC Support Unit, Start-up Phase

The BC SUPPORT Unit (the Unit) is a multi-partner organization currently in its start-up phase preparing to support, streamline and increase patient-oriented research in BC. We define patient-oriented research as research that engages patients as partners and focuses on patient-identified priorities with the goals of improving patient experiences, health outcomes and the health system overall. The Unit will have two main roles: providing services to researchers, patients, health care providers and health system decision makers, and facilitating initiatives identified as provincial priorities. The BC unit is one of several being established across the country as part of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR).