OSSU Plenary: Integrating Patients into HHR Research

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Vasanthi Srinivasan, Executive Director, Ontario Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) SUPPORT Unit


Arthur Sweetman, Ontario Research Chair in Health Human Resources, McMaster University

Brian Clark, Patient Advisor, Patients’ Canada

Sarah Boesveld, PhD Candidate, McMaster University


The CIHR Strategy for Patient Oriented Research (SPOR) has encouraged more patient engagement in health research. Some of the new architecture to support this are the SPOR SUPPORT Units, established provincially or regionally. Vasanthi Srinivasan, ED of OSSU and member of the CHHRN Advisory Committee will provide an overview of developments supporting patient oriented research. Ontario Research Chair, Arthur Sweetman, will discuss application to health workforce research. Brian Clark will bring to the fore the patient experience in health research broadly highlighting some opportunities in health workforce research. Finally Sarah Boesveld will outline some key tools for how to go about research oriented patient/public engagement.

Health Canadacihr logo1This initiative has been generously funded by grants from Health Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of the funders.