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.
As such the Research Department will help ensure that:
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;
Active research studies
Interested in knowing where research is happening within Interior Health? Our new interactive map of active research studies shows where and what type of research is taking place across our health authority.
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.
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.
IH Research Grants Competition 2016 Announcement
The Interior Health Research Grants Competition 2016 was held in April and resulted in grant funding for ten promising research studies within Interior Health (see overview below). Seven teams successfully applied for funding under the Evidence-Informed Practice (EVIP) Challenge program, and three teams successfully applied for funding under the South Okanagan Similkameen Community Health Research Grant (SOS) program. Congratulations to the successful teams!
We would like to thank all the teams for taking the time to prepare an application and for their interest in pursuing research to help answer practice-driven questions.
Congratulations to all of you for engaging in research activities within Interior Health.
Review an overview of research projects and team members funded under the IH Research Grants Competition 2016.