BC AHSN has been established as a separate legal organization that also houses the developing BC SUPPORT Unit (Support for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials Unit), providing governance and oversight to this initiative. The BC SUPPORT Unit is one of several SUPPORT Units being established across the country as part of Canada’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) led by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).
The BC SUPPORT Unit (the Unit) is a multi-partner organization created to support, streamline and increase patient-oriented research throughout BC.
The Unit has two main roles: providing services to researchers, patients, health care providers and health system decision makers, and facilitating initiatives identified as provincial priorities.
Regional centres are being developed as the first point of contact for stakeholders located outside of the Vancouver region. A provincial hub based in Vancouver is also being developed, and with partner organizations will serve stakeholders within the Vancouver region and provide province-wide services. Services, introduced incrementally, will include patient engagement, research navigation, data access and use, knowledge translation, and training and capacity development. The Unit is also creating methods clusters (methodological communities of practice), and helping fund, plan and facilitate access to a multi-partner provincial data platform that will be separate but integral to the Unit.
Visit the BC SUPPORT Unit website.