AbSPORU offers a wide range of services to support every step of your patient-oriented research journey. We can help you build relationships and engage patient partners, as well as formulate your research with Alberta’s learning health systems in mind. Our experts can also provide you with all the tools you need to design and execute your study, including accessing and analyzing the wealth of Alberta patient data available. We also can advise on accessing external services offered by other health partners across Canada.
To access these supports at any stage of your research, complete our service request form. You can also request a letter of support to confirm the feasibility of a planned project and include with your grant application, after AbSPORU has been involved in one of the services listed below.
Please note that a minimum of 2 weeks’ time is needed to process letters of support. We cannot guarantee the completion of the letter if applications are submitted less than 2 weeks prior to the required deadline.
Data & Research Services
AbSPORU’s Data & Research Services team of experts can help you achieve your research goals by helping you plan and execute your study effectively. We can also connect you with other services offered by our provincial and national partners.
To learn more about health data in Alberta, watch our Introductory Data Series.
Designing an effective research question and approach is the foundation of a successful study. Our team can help:
Data extraction and linkages
We can help you access most health databases across Alberta and advise where to find the data you need. This includes:
Using the right data management tools sets your study up for success. Our experts can help with:
AbSPORU’s Data Services team are experts at every aspect of patient data analysis, including:
To learn more about the data available through AbSPORU, you can review the current list of AHS data sets.
Learning Health Systems
Making lasting and effective change takes more than just good ideas, based on good research. It requires understanding the theory behind change and the ‘why’ behind the way things currently are. The Learning Health Systems team works with researchers to ensure implementation is built in from the very beginning.
AbSPORU’s knowledge translation experts know how to translate knowledge into action. Before you even begin your research, they can help you build out your plan with implementation in mind. They offer support with:
Our Learning Health Systems team is also here to help you create the best possible approach for implementing your findings within a health system. With their knowledge of change management and best practices they can help:
Patient engagement plans
We support patient partners and health researchers to work together as active and equal members of health research teams. The following describes the services we provide through the service request form. Our other services include training and mentorship.
Patient engagement plans
Developing a comprehensive patient engagement plan is essential to patient-oriented research success. Our Patient Engagement team can help you:
Including patient partners from Alberta’s many communities and patient groups can help ensure your project priorities, processes and outcomes are meaningful, relevant and accessible to all Albertans. Our team can work with you to:
Our team can help evaluate the patient engagement process and experience through-out your project.
Researchers who want to:
Patients and patient partners who want to:
The research must:
Questions? Contact AbSPORU at firstname.lastname@example.org
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