Patient Engagement

The Patient Engagement (PE) Team provides ongoing support to patient partners, researchers and community organizations to identify research priorities and to collaborate, in active and meaningful ways, on health research studies.

Enhancing collaboration and capacity of all health research team partners contributes to advancing the science and practice of patient engagement.

Patient Engagement aims to:

  • Engage individuals with lived experience of a health issue – either their own, or as a caregiver, family member or friend, in the health research that impacts them;
  • Match patients with lived experience as active and equal partners on health research teams; and
  • Support patient partners at all phases of the health research process including to:
  • Advise and inform on the research priorities and process
  • Conduct data collection and analysis
  • Sharing research results.

Come learn with us

Who is a Patient?

Patient Engagement Monthly Journal Clubs

Albertans4HealthResearch Advisory Council

Approximately 40 individuals bring together the perspectives of patients, caregivers, researchers, patient and community organizations and other valued members to inform and advise on the activities, events and work of the Patient Engagement Platform.

PE Podcasts (PEP Talks)

Learn more about AbSPORU’s services and access the Service Application by visiting the Research Services page.

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Land Acknowledgment

The Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit operates on and acknowledges the lands that are the traditional and ancestral territory of many peoples, presently subject to Treaties 6, 7, and 8. Namely: the Blackfoot Confederacy – Kainai, Piikani, and Siksika – the Cree, Dene, Saulteaux, Nakota Sioux, Stoney Nakoda, and the Tsuu T’ina Nation and the Métis People of Alberta. This includes the Métis Settlements and the Métis Nation of Alberta. We acknowledge the many First Nations, Métis and Inuit who have lived in and cared for these lands for generations. We make this acknowledgment as a reaffirmation of our shared commitment towards reconciliation, and as part of AbSPORU’s mandate towards fostering health system transformation.