Conference Importance

For patients:  get engaged and be heard.

Patient-oriented research emphasizes meaningful engagement with people who have lived experience throughout the research process. It seeks to address your needs and priorities by answering questions that matter to you, whether you have direct experience of a health condition or health system issue, or care for someone who does. This conference will help you learn more about patient-oriented research, including how you can get involved.

For researchers: get results with impact.

Collaborating with patient partners ensures that your research questions, methods, and results are relevant to their needs and preferences, so it’s more likely that the evidence you generate will be implemented – making a real difference to patients, families, the health care system, and communities. This conference will provide examples of successful engagement and collaboration with patient partners on patient-oriented research projects.

For health care providers: be a part of improving care.

Patient-oriented research seeks to answer questions that are relevant to patients, and those answers can often have an impact on the delivery of care – which means that people who provide care play an essential role in the research process too. This conference will help you learn how patient-oriented research works, how you can contribute meaningfully to improved outcomes by helping to incorporate findings into care delivery.

For health system decision makers: help to implement system change.

The findings generated by patient-oriented research need system-level support to make a difference, and you can help research teams identify barriers and address issues that will aid implementation. This conference will showcase the impact of patient-oriented research, and how it can help you make system-level decisions to improve the quality of care for everyone in BC.