BC SUPPORT Unit Fraser Centre

Research is changing: it’s time to involve patients in everything from setting research priorities and research questions, designing research methods, research governance, participating on research teams and publishing results.  

The BC SUPPORT Unit is a multi-partner organization created to support, streamline and increase patient-oriented research throughout B.C., it is one of ten SUPPORT Units established across the country as part of Canada’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research led by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Patient-oriented research engages patients as partners and focuses on patient-identified priorities with the goals of improving patient experiences, health outcomes and the health system. Anyone who has experience with the health care system and/or personal experience of a health issue, and informal caregivers, including family and friends.

The Fraser Centre, a collaboration between Fraser Health and Simon Fraser University will provide support services to all academic and Fraser Health researchers working in the Fraser Valley.   

Refer to the BC SUPPORT Unit Fraser Centre info sheet for more information on services available.

Key goals of the BC SUPPORT Unit are to: 

  • Build capacity to conduct and implement high quality patient-oriented research in all regions   
  • Increase the quality and impact of patient-oriented research across B.C., and
  • Ensure ongoing support for patient-oriented research in all regions of the province

Submit an inquiry request at bcsupportunit.ca or contact Fraser Centre staff with your questions:

For more information on Patient-Oriented Research and BC SUPPORT Unit, listen to the following recordings of past webinars:

Integrating the Patient Voice in Health Research: The What, Why and How
Presenter: Colleen McGavin, Patient Engagement Lead, BC SUPPORT Unit
March 8, 2017
Presented by: AllerGen NCE Inc.
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Who, me? Yes, you! Becoming a Patient Partner in Health Research
Primary audience: patients. Others, such as health researchers, decision-makers and health care providers may be interested in this webinar
Presenters: Colleen McGavin, Patient Engagement Lead, BC SUPPORT Unit; Jaime Ascher, President of Still Life Canada: Stillbirth & Neonatal Death Education, Research & Support Society (SLC) and a member of the SLC Research team; Kent Cadogan Loftsgard, Patient Partner, BC SUPPORT Unit; Annie Moore, Island Health’s Research Department
February 28, 2017
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Embracing Patient-Oriented Research: Are You Ready, Willing and Able?
Primary audience: health researchers. Others, such as patients, decision-makers and health care providers may be interested in this webinar
Presenters: Dr. Stirling Bryan, Scientific Director, BC SUPPORT Unit and Colleen McGavin, BC SUPPORT Unit Patient Engagement Lead
February 14, 2017
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