Over the past decade, the Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) has made significant advancements in patient-oriented research throughout Canada. These advancements have cut across health disciplines, provinces and territories. Provincial SPOR SUPPORT Units, national SPOR Networks, mentoring chairs, and dedicated funding opportunities are just some of the progresses made in this field.
Building upon the foundational work of SPOR, PASSERELLE SPOR National Training Entity emerged as a Canadian network of networks that centralize, support and promote what has been developed to support patient-oriented research (POR) capacity.
We aim to develop, strengthen and sustain capacity in patient-oriented research
Collectively grow, support and sustain capacity in patient-oriented research science and practice in Canada.
To rally forces around the promotion of a collaborative, inclusive, culturally safe, and sustainable patient-oriented research environment capable of addressing evolving healthcare questions impacting patients’ healthcare experience and wellbeing.
Capacity development is the process of developing and enhancing the skills, knowledge, abilities and resources of individuals, organizations and communities. It is about providing the appropriate tools and support to become more effective, better equipped to meet challenges and bring about positive change. Through training, education, collaboration and the sharing of expertise, individuals and organizations can be empowered to make a greater impact.
PASSERELLE’s approach is guided by the SPOR Patient Engagement and the SPOR Capacity Development frameworks, incorporates indigenous and western paradigms, is rooted in principles of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, and follows principles of co-building and adult learning.
Activities will be conducted in both French and English, in an equitable, diverse, inclusive, and culturally safe manner, respecting the rights of Indigenous Peoples and Indigenous self-determination.
Patients and their needs are at the heart of our concerns
Consider, value and embrace all forms of diversity in shaping the Canadian patient-oriented research community.
Support and promote a community where meaningful and honest relationships based on goodwill, mutual respect and understanding are nurtured.
Recognize and address the diversity in beliefs, values, traditions, and perspectives to ensure an environment free of racism and discrimination, that is respectful of all people.
Acknowledge and appreciate the experience, expertise, knowledge and generosity of all people and organizations forming the Canadian patient-oriented research community.
PASSERELLE acknowledges that its central coordinating office is on the traditional and unceded territory of the Huron-Wendat people, colonially known as Quebec City. We also respect and affirm the inherent and Treaty Rights of all Indigenous Peoples across this land. PASSERELLE honours Indigenous Nations’ long history of welcoming many visitors and settlers to these beautiful territories and upholds and uplifts their voices and values.
On a national level, we encourage all Canadians to learn about the Indigenous people of the lands on which they live, work or visit. We, as Canadians, in the spirit of reconciliation, respect the self-determination of First Nations, Métis and Inuit, and their rights and responsibilities in culture, language and the pursuit of wellness.
Supporting and promoting capacity building efforts in patient-oriented research
Serve as a central body for systematic POR training and mentoring in Canada
We will provide a comprehensive inventory of learning, training, and development opportunities and a repository of tools and resources, in both French and English. Working closely with partners and organizations, mapping existing needs with learning resources and patient-oriented research competencies, we will be able to offer tailored learning pathways, and establish national standards.
Support mentors and trainees, including POR Award recipients and trainees from other SPOR-funded entities
We will support trainees by offering tailored learning pathways, awards, fellowships, experiential learning and networking opportunities, and mentoring in ways that enhance individuals’ experiences and strengthens their professional and research skills.
Cultivate a community in POR capacity development across Canada
We aim to bring together an inclusive and engaged community of patient-oriented research leaders and learners that builds upon existing relationships across the country to facilitate learning, collaboration, and innovation.
DEVELOP COLLABORATIONS AND PARTNERSHIPS WHILE STRENGTHENING EXISTING RELATIONSHIPS
We aim to engage existing and growing network of partners in promoting and supporting POR capacity development.
INCORPORATE INDIGENOUS AND WESTERN PARADIGMS, AND PRINCIPLES OF EDI IN A CULTURALLY SAFE MANNER ACROSS POR ACTIVITIES
We aim to incorporate Indigenous and western paradigms, and principles of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in a culturally safe manner throughout our governance, activities, and initiatives. This includes engaging with our Indigenous and EDI communities in establishing priorities for POR capacity development initiatives, and funding, mentoring, and networking opportunities.
The actors and actresses
Together to strengthen the research community with and for patients
PASSERELLE's passionate team of experts drives innovative patient-oriented research initiatives, fostering collaborative solutions for impactful outcomes.Meet our team
PASSERELLE collaborates with a diverse group of partners, amplifying collective efforts to foster capacity development in patient-oriented research.Discover our partners
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