AbSPORU is dedicated to transforming health outcomes in Alberta through Patient-Oriented Research (POR).
POR actively engages patients and other stakeholders in research that focuses on patient-identified priorities and improves patient outcomes.
As we move forward with AbSPORU, we are concentrating on bridging the gaps among data, research evidence and health care practice. The collaborations between AbSPORU and AHS Strategic Clinical Networks™ (SCNs), Alberta Health, Alberta Innovates plus other learning health system proponents will continue to contribute to our collective success.
Including the patient voice and perspectives during a public health crisis isn’t a luxury – it is an imperative helping us through this pandemic. Early, large outbreaks of COVID-19 in Alberta were centred on meat processing plants, facilities often employing newcomers to Canada. Continue reading…
Amid the pandemic, it’s important for both public health and citizens to have access to real-time data that provides the number of cases occurring and the age groups it is affecting. The COVID-19 Tracker is an interactive tool created to help ensure Albertans and Canadians quickly see COVID-related changes in their area. Continue reading…
Alberta has “flattened” the COVID-19 curve, carefully managing the impact of the pandemic on Alberta’s health system by using real-time data and evidence to inform decisions. Continue reading…
Many sources and types of health data are available in Alberta. The Data & Services Team facilitates access to these data as well as consultation services to support researchers in Patient-Oriented Research.
To learn more about health data in Alberta, watch our Introductory Data Series here.
The Capacity Development Team develop training and opportunities to build stakeholder capacity to engage in Patient-Oriented Research. Our POR stakeholders include patients, families, community partners, researchers, students, clinicians, and policy-makers.
Why is Patient-Oriented Research (POR) Important?
POR is a new direction in health research that requires meaningful and active collaboration of patients in studies that matter to them. This means more clearly focusing on patient-identified priorities and better patient-outcomes.
Patients participate in any or all phases of POR. Along with families, caregivers and communities many other stakeholders also participate in POR including researchers, students, clinicians as well as health and policy leaders.
Alberta needs POR teams that engage patients, have the skills and knowledge to carry out the research, as well as integrate the study findings into practice.
AbSPORU provides expertise in Data and Services, Capacity Development (Training), Patient Engagement and Knowledge Translation to support this important change.
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) initiated a Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research SUPPORT Units across Canada. CIHR’s goals were to more directly involve patients and their families in determining priorities for health research as well as participating in the research itself.
AbSPORU is co-funded by CIHR and Alberta Innovates (AI). AI is a provincially funded corporation with a mandate to deliver 21st-century solutions to Albertans by building on our province’s health research and technology efforts in patient and health outcomes.