Dedicated to improving the lives of all Albertans through patient-oriented research.

The Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit (AbSPORU) provides expertise, training and resources to increase Alberta’s capacity for patient-oriented research. Our aim is to bridge the gap between research evidence and health decisions – in other words, to make sure health research has an impact for patients and the health system.

AbSPORU collaborates closely and purposefully with patients from diverse communities and with its network of healthcare partners to improve health outcomes for all Albertans.

We are fostering partners to strengthen Alberta’s learning health system, focusing on continuous improvement of quality, patient and provider experience, and health system performance/cost through effective, evidence-based knowledge translation and implementation, and studying implementation to accelerate change.

Training and events

We offer training and events for researchers, patients, clinicians and health-system professionals, policy-makers, and students to increase their capacity in patient-oriented research and in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI). Offerings include studentships, conferences, webinars, eLearning modules, and online courses and certificates.


DISCUSSION: Patient partners’ perspectives of meaningful engagement in synthesis reviews: A patient-oriented rapid review, Health Expectations (2021)
May 18, 2022
10:00 AM

Research services

Our teams offer a wide range of research services and expertise to support every step of your patient-oriented research journey. We can help with patient engagement, data (including data acquisition and management, analysis, interpretation and data visualization), knowledge translation, implementation science and Sex and Gender-Based Analysis (SGBA).

Patient engagement

We provide support to patient partners, researchers and community organizations to identify research priorities and to collaborate, in active and meaningful ways, on health research studies.

Become a patient partner

Do you have lived experience of a specific health issue – either your own, or as a caregiver, family member or friend? Discover opportunities to help shape the health research that impacts you.


Adult Pressure Injury Prevention in Hospital, Patient and Family Advisory Council

Bridging the divide between acute medical care and housing: A comprehensive evaluation of a “medical respite program” for the homeless

“I Have a Question!” Empowering and Including Diverse Patient Voices in Patient-Centred Care

Exploring the perceptions of what characterizes poor versus good health

Learning Health System

We facilitate Alberta’s learning health system by supporting effective, practical approaches to theory-based knowledge translation and implementation work. In collaboration with health system stakeholders, we coordinate an Implementation Science Collaborative, which will accelerate improvements in health care delivery, outcomes and cost.

Our community

AbSPORU expands the reach of our Virtual Institute with SPOR Northwest

Implementation Science Collaborative

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