Resources

Canadian Institutes of Health Research

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is Canada’s federal funding agency for health research. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR collaborates with partners and researchers to support the discoveries and innovations that improve health and strengthen the health care system. Information on CIHR and funding opportunities are detailed on this website.

CIHR Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research

This is the official website for the Canadian Institutes for Health Research regarding the important initiatives in the Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR). Patient-oriented research is about engaging patients, their caregivers, and families as partners in the research process. This engagement helps to ensure that studies focus on patient-identified priorities, which ultimately leads to better patient outcomes. Our network is supported through the CIHR SPOR funding.

ENGAGE+

ENGAGE+ is an online resource co-developed to support participatory research with people experiencing social exclusion in society and under-represented in health research, ultimately reducing the barriers between them and the production of scientific knowledge that concerns them. The website contains explanations of approaches and methods (for example, visual methods), that can promote the participation of individuals and communities affected by social inequalities, precariousness or poverty, social exclusion, and low literacy.

North American Primary Care Research Group

The North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) is an interdisciplinary volunteer association committed to nurturing primary care researchers working in partnership with individuals, families, and communities. NAPCRG is the recognized leader of primary care research that improves health and health care for patients, families and communities. This site is available in English only.

SPIDER Deprescribing

SPIDER, a Structured Process Informed by Data, Evidence and Research, aims to leverage the collaboration between QI and research to help primary care providers deprescribe for their complex older patients who are on 10 or more prescription medications. A list of tools to help in this process is available on the website. This site is available in English only.

SPOR Canadian Data Platform

The Strategy for Patient Oriented Research Canadian Data Platform (CDP) is pioneering a single stop for researchers to request access to rich health and social data from various sources across the country. This website details how and why this resource was created and how to access the data.

SPOR Evidence Alliance

The SPOR Evidence Alliance is a partnership between researchers, patients, healthcare providers, policymakers, and other decision-makers who are committed to building a Canadian health system that is increasingly informed and improved using best available evidence and innovations uncovered by the health research community. This website helps provide more information on the services provided by the SPOR Evidence Alliance.

Understanding Research

Understanding Research is a website that aims to develop a common language and a shared understanding among all stakeholders involved in Patient Oriented Research. Co-developed with patient partners, the website contains textual and video introducing science and research, research ethics, literature reviews, research methodologies, big data, and knowledge translation.