The PIHCI Network is a key CIHR initiative under the Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research. The defining characteristic of the PIHCI Network was the establishment of a network in each jurisdiction that is governed through tripartite leadership, i.e. a shared governance approach that includes researchers, policy makers and health care providers, and that also ensures a meaningful voice for patients.
The networks are overseen by a Network Leadership Council and supported by a Network Coordinating Office. The oversight efforts have included the creation and development of a Patient Advisory Council, a Network Managers Committee, and several working committees with pan-Canadian representation that deal with governance, communications, performance reporting and sustainability.
Through the Network Leadership Council and Pan-Canadian Patient Advisory Council, the individual networks share processes, best practices and impact for this new research approach. The is supported by several working groups coordinated by the Network Coordinating Office.
Network Coordinating Office Members
Co-Lead: Onil Bhattacharyya, University of Toronto
Co-Lead: Sabrina Wong, University of British Columbia
Executive Director: Gillian Bartlett, McGill University
Administrative Coordinator: Jamie DeMore