Methods Clusters

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Improving Patient Oriented Research 

The Methods Clusters study patient-oriented research by bringing together all the people involved in care: researchers, patients, health care providers and health care system decision-makers. Together, we take on research projects to improve our understanding about the best ways of doing patient-oriented research.  

Community Driven Priorities 

Our projects are driven by the communities they matter to. Our stakeholders identified six areas where more methodology research was most important to them. These areas became the six Methods Clusters. Each cluster worked with their communities to develop specific research themes relevant to their work.  

Studying and Doing

All Methods Clusters projects are patient-oriented research projects. We study patient-oriented research, by doing patient-oriented research. 

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Browse Cluster Priorities

The Methods Clusters' research started by listening to stakeholders to discuss areas of research that mattered to them. 42 unique projects were created to address these priorities.

We’re working on an interactive diagram that shows all the clusters, priorities, and projects—together—so you can see how they’re all connected.

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Methods Matters Webinars

Patients are often asked to complete surveys about their health and care preferences.

But, how can we meaningfully integrate these data into care?

In this webinar from a Patient-Centred Measurement project, team members Selena Davis and Marcy Antonio will present new methods to encourage data sharing between patients and their care team—and, explore ways that this can make a patient’s care more patient-centred.

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Methods Section Blog

There’s a growing scientific community studying how research evidence is used, and how we can use it better. But our language may still be tripping us up.

Knowledge Translation/Implementation Science Methods Cluster Lead, Linda Li and Advisor, Bev Holmes explore the jargon filled twists, turns, successes, and potential road ahead for knowledge translation science in their blog post: Do we need to translate “Knowledge Translation Science?”

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Inside the Clusters



The Real-World Clinical Trials Cluster works to build capacity and foster methodological development in the field of clinical trials. The goal of the Cluster is to address the needs of diverse real-world populations and individual patient priorities, while working to make clinical trials more feasible and efficient in real-world settings. 

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DaSHI aims to advance patient-oriented research methods by using data science and health informatics methods to improve healthcare processes and patient-reported outcomes.

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Patient Engagement is focused on advancing the ways patients can be involved in health research.  This cluster aims to deepen our understanding and lead the way with provincially-focused methods that foster meaningful and active collaboration between health care researchers, providers and patients. 

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The Health Economics and Simulation Modelling methods cluster undertakes projects to understand how decisions are made in healthcare and how research funds can be spent on issues that matter to patients.   

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The Knowledge Translation and Implementation Science Methods Cluster works with the broad range of activities, methods, and scientific evidence that promotes the uptake of health research findings into routine healthcare practice. Together, this cluster studies methods that will help close the gaps between knowledge and practice in the context of patient-oriented research.

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The Patient-Centred Measurement methods cluster aims to understand what matters most to patients by collecting information on their experiences and outcomes. Through collecting, reporting and incorporating these metrics into research and services, patients and families are able to have an impact on the quality of care that they receive.  

Explore Patient-Centred Measurement