The BC SUPPORT (Support for People & Patient-Oriented Research & Trials) Unit supports, streamlines and increases patient-oriented research throughout BC. Patient-oriented research is done in partnership with patients, answers research questions that matter to patients, and aims to improve health care.

The BC SUPPORT Unit is one of 11 SUPPORT Units established across Canada as part of the Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR), a national initiative led by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

The Unit has two main roles:

  • Providing services to patients, researchers, health care providers and health system decision makers
  • Facilitating initiatives identified as provincial priorities

There’s a Provincial Hub located in Vancouver that coordinates activities across BC and provides services to the Vancouver region. There are also four additional regional centres that provide services in the following geographic regions: Fraser, Interior, Northern, and Vancouver Island.

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About Us

Patients expect the best possible health care. The BC SUPPORT (SUpport for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials) Unit is part of a national program to help health care research be more relevant and meaningful to patients, so that they get the b

Our Activities

Patient-oriented research (POR) requires the input of patients, researchers, health care providers and health system decision makers. We aim to support POR through two main areas of focus: doing and studying. We support patient-oriented research teams to