June 23, 2021 – Ottawa, Ontario – Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Through patient-oriented research (POR), patients, their families and caregivers become actively engaged in health research, adding their own living experience to the process, alongside that of researchers, health care professionals and health system decision-makers. Patients, caregivers, and their families have an opportunity to play leadership roles as members of research teams, shaping which health topics are investigated, how research studies are conducted, and how the results are shared. This inclusive approach helps improve health outcomes for patients and strengthens health systems in Canada.

To strengthen the environment for POR in Canada, today, the President of the Treasury Board, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, on behalf of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, announced a new investment of $5.25 million over six years. The funding is being provided under Canada’s Strategy’s for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) and will support a new national training platform based at the Université Laval that will focus on enhancing the way the science of POR is taught and conducted in Canada.

The platform, known as the SPOR National Training Entity, will be led by Annie LeBlanc, a professor at the Université Laval and a health services researcher at VITAM Research Center on Sustainable Health. Professor LeBlanc will work with collaborators across Canada, including researchers, patients, trainees, health professionals, and decision-makers. Together they will centralize and streamline training activities to minimize redundancies. They will also generate new ideas and innovative ways of teaching POR and provide coaching and mentoring opportunities to the next generation of researchers.

SPOR is a pan-Canadian initiative dedicated to integrating the voices of patients in research and health care. It is led by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research with support from partners across the country.  

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