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The Research Department engages with health care recipients and providers in all aspects of health research (i.e., designing, conducting and using knowledge) across Interior Health to advance health care delivery and contribute to better health for individuals and populations. Please contact Research anytime. 

As such the Research Department will help ensure that:

  • Selected IH Research Priorities are translated into research activity and research action;
  • Research is informed and co-directed by health care providers, community partners, and patients 
  • Capacity for  constructive collaboration is established amongst patients, community partners, researchers and health care providers;
  • The practice knowledge of health care providers and community partners is valued as evidence as part of the research process; 
  • The experiential knowledge of patients is valued as evidence as part of the research process; 
  • Everyone shares the goal of timely implementation of quality and ethical health research

Application for operational approval

In addition to ethical approval, operational approval is required for all research conducted in Interior Health. Please use the Application for Operational Approval form to outline any human or physical resources that may be requested from IH in order to conduct research. Please contact Research for further information.  

South Okanagan Similkameen Community Health Research Grants Competition 2018

The South Okanagan Similkameen Community Health Research Grants Competition 2018 is intended to support internal teams and their academic partners in pursuing research in response to practice-driven questions and policy issues. In alignment with the 2016-2018 Interior Health strategic priorities, preferred foci of research in this competition include primary and community care, seniors care, mental health and substance use, surgical services, rural/remote networks of care. Following BC SUPPORT Unit Interior Centre guidelines, patient engagement in research processes are encouraged. Secured funds can be used to support time for staff to work on projects, travel, and cover research or knowledge translation and implementation related expenses (see the call for submissions and the application guidelines for a complete list of eligible expenses). For more information email Research.

2018 Rural Health Research Conference

Building Intersections for Vibrant Rural Communities will be held on May 31st - June 1st, 2018 at the Prestige Lakeside Resort, Nelson BC (with preconference workshops on May 30th). Registration now open. For more information, or if you have any questions, email Research.

Strategy for patient-oriented research

Canada's Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) is about ensuring that the right patient receives the right intervention at the right time. In BC, SPOR is part of the Patients as Partners collaborative that involves patients and families, health authorities, health care providers, universities, non-profit organizations, the Ministry of Health and other organizations in the province. These initiatives aim to build effective, responsive, and sustainable healthcare systems alongside people who use healthcare.

Patient engagement in research/health care improvements will enable better health service delivery and inclusive policy making. For more information about patient engagement in research and/or to help strengthen patient engagement in research in the Interior region please contact Dr. Karin Maiwald (Research: Patient & Stakeholder Engagement Lead) by phone 250-505-7235.

Patient Engagement in Research Committee of the BC SUPPORT Unit Interior Centre Opportunity is Open Now to patient partners in the Interior region. Please RSVP now.


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