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​The BC SUPPORT Unit Interior Centre

What is the BC SUPPORT Unit? Canada’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research is about ensuring that the right patient receive the right intervention at the right time. The BC SUPPORT (Support for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials) Unit is a multi-partner organization created to support, streamline and increase patient-oriented research throughout BC. Refer to the FAQ’s page for more details.

The BC SUPPORT Unit Interior Centre is the go-to place for stakeholders within the geographic area served by Interior Health. For more information, or to contact us, please contact the BC SUPPORT Unit Interior Centre

Community engagement in Research

Community engaged research gives a voice to citizens, patients, and community partners by including individual perspectives to inform research. The IH Research Department Community Research Lead motivates, forms, and facilitates community-based rural health research partnerships across the Interior.
Interior Health has gathered 11 supporting partners who have collectively formed the Regional Alliance for Rural Health.

Indigenous populations

At the Interior Centre, we wanted to have a focused initiative for First Nations, Urban Indigenous, and Metis people. This initiative has the overall objective of giving this community a genuine voice to strengthen land based healing. This focus will aim to improve the relationships between Interior Health (IH), the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA), the Nations, and the health of this community.

Patient engagement in Research

Patient-oriented research is research that is done in partnership with patients, answers research questions that matter to patients, and aims to improve healthcare. This one-page overview includes further information.

The Patient Engagement in Research (PEiR) Committee was formed in 2016 as part of the BC SUPPORT Unit Interior Centre. This Committee includes patient partners from across the Interior region and provides support to increase the ways that patients can give their input in research to help improve the delivery of health services. The PEiR Committee overview includes further information on how to get involved.


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