About patient-oriented research (POR)

Patient-oriented research is about engaging patients, their caregivers and families as partners in the research process. POR encompasses both clinical (understanding, preventing, identifying and treating disease) and health services research, as well as the dissemination of new knowledge and its application to the healthcare system and clinical practice. Patients are invited to participate in the most active and meaningful way possible to ensure that health research better meets the needs of Canadians. This engagement helps to ensure that studies focus on patient-identified priorities, which ultimately leads to better patient outcomes.

Strategy of Patient-oriented Research (SPOR)

SPOR is a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) initiative aimed at improving health outcomes through evidence-based care. 

SPOR is a national coalition of federal, provincial and territorial partners (patients and informal caregivers, provincial health authorities, academic health centres, charities, philanthropic organizations, private sector, etc.) dedicated to the integration of research into care.
SPOR focuses on moving what health researchers know into what health care providers do. It aims to ensure that the right patient receives the right intervention at the right time. 

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Capacity-development in patient-oriented research

Capacity-development in patient-oriented research (POR) is essential to create a collaborative environment focused on patient empowerment discussions between clinicians and patients, researchers and policymakers, and collaboration between researchers from different disciplines.

In the context of SPOR, POR capacity requires all partners to be trained and to work collaboratively with the common goal of increasing access to high-quality care and improving patient outcomes.  

To achieve this, strategies must be put in place to guide and foster a culture of learning and collaboration within POR and the healthcare system. 

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SPOR Capacity Development Initiative

SPOR Capacity Development Initiative equips the SPOR community to advance POR by providing community members with skills, knowledge and training in this field of research.

SPOR-funded entities host trainees and researchers, provide training and scholarships, and promote and advance the science of patient engagement in health research. These activities target patients, trainees, researchers, health care professionals, and health system administrators, all of whom have different learning needs and goals.

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SPOR National Training Entity (NTE)

PASSERELLE is a national platform based at Université Laval that serves as a community-building enterprise in the domain of POR capacity development. Its work involves moving beyond common and siloed approaches to training and to mobilize practitioners and community members from all relevant disciplines, sectors, geographies and cultural perspectives.