Patient-Oriented Research

What is Patient-Oriented Research?

Patient-oriented research (POR) is research done in partnership with patients, that answers research questions that matter to patients and aims to improve health care.


Learn about the Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) definitions.

Advancing Patient-Oriented Research Inquiry Form

POR includes these criteria as stipulated by CIHR:

We define patient engagement in patient-oriented research as: Meaningful and active collaboration in governance, priority- setting, conducting research, and knowledge translation.

Some other terms:

  • “Patient & Public Involvement (PPI)”
  • “Public Participation”
  • “Patient Engagement”

Are you a researcher interested in conducting patient-oriented research? Check out our document, How Patient-Oriented is Your Research to determine how well you're already doing and see where you can grow!