What is SCPOR?

The Saskatchewan Centre for Patient-Oriented Research (SCPOR) is a partnership of organizations that support patient-oriented research in Saskatchewan. SCPOR’s objectives are to:

  • Identify and address the needs of patients, policy makers, and health professionals by supporting patient-oriented research;

  • Provide links to methods expertise in patient-oriented research;

  • Assist decision makers and investigators to identify and design research studies, conduct statistical analyses, manage data, provide and teach project management skills, and ensure studies meet regulatory standards;

  • Advance methods and training in comparative effectiveness research and develop the next generation of methodologists;

  • Facilitate access to Saskatchewan health data and integrate existing or new databases;

  • Provide traineeships for University students interested in hands-on experience in patient-oriented research (See Trainees Page).

SCPOR is also committed to supporting Rural and Indigenous health research in the province. The Indigenous Platform advises and contributes to SCPOR programs and activities to advance SCPOR’s core values and build capacity in Indigenous-specific engagement and research across the province.

CIHR’S SPOR Strategy

SCPOR is one of eleven provincial/territorial units led by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to build provincial and national capacity for patient-oriented research. CIHR launched the Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) to foster evidence-informed health care. Read more about CIHR’s SPOR strategy here.

Partners

The Saskatchewan Centre for Patient-Oriented Research (SCPOR) is a coalition of organizations that support patient-oriented research in Saskatchewan. It is one of a number of provincial units supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to build provincial and national capacity for patient-oriented research.

Our partners include:

What is Patient-Oriented Research?

Patient-oriented research is research done in partnership with patients and their families and caregivers, that answers research questions that matter to patients, and aims to improve health care.

The vision of CIHR’s SPOR initiative includes two critical elements. The first is patient-oriented research teams which include patients and family members as partners in the grant writing and research process. The second is the inclusion of decision makers (including policy makers and health authority leaders) and health care practitioners throughout the research process.

The goal of this way of doing research is to have patients, families, clinicians, researchers and policy-makers work together to identify research topics, do the research and then use the results of that research to improve patient care and the health system.

Why is Patient-Oriented Research Important?

Patient involvement has been shown to guide research to more relevant questions, improve data collection methods, and improve data interpretation. Patients also have a role to play in knowledge translation. The contribution of health care practitioners and decision makers helps guide the research on a practical, sustainable path and their involvement in research speeds up the process of translating new knowledge into policy and to the bedside.

To learn more about organizing a patient-oriented research team, see our Researchers Page.

Are you interested in getting involved as a patient or family member? See our Patients Page.

Who We Are

Meet our Patient Family Advisory Council

 

Meet our Oversight Committee

 Meet our Staff

Contact Us

Interested in connecting with us, or hoping to get more information?

Our email address is SCPOR@usask.ca and our office phone number is 306-966-2550.

 

If you have a question about a particular platform or program, take a look at our staff list above to find contact information for a staff member who works in your area of interest.

 
 
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Our Office

St. Andrew’s College, Room 212
1121 College Drive, Saskatoon, SK
S7N 0W3