Canadian Strategy on Patient-Oriented Research

By Jean L. Rouleau, Penny Moody-Corbett
May 18, 2012 | Discussion Paper

In Canada, as elsewhere, the translation of health research outcomes to development of products and services for health care and final implementation in patients does not progress as rapidly, efficiently, or successfully as it should. In order to address this problem, Canada has embarked on a bold new strategy to improve health care and health care delivery based on evidence from research outcomes and integration of knowledge to the policy makers and users. The Strategy on Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) is a pan-Canadian program involving health researchers and professionals, policy makers, and patients. It is a partnership led by a national steering committee which is co-chaired by the president of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the leading funder of health research in Canada, and the president and chief scientific officer of the University Health Network, one of Canada’s leading hospitals and research institutes, and includes membership from all levels of government, the private sector, health charities, health science networks, universities, and patient advocacy. The goal of the Canadian patient-oriented research strategy is to improve health outcomes and enhance patient’s health care experience based on translation of research outcomes into the health care system.

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