SCPOR Program: Mental Health and Addictions

It is the SCPOR Oversight Committee’s mandate to establish SCPOR programs of research based on the provincial health priorities.

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Nutritional Quality Indicators in Long-Term Care

Providing adequate nutrition for residents in long term care (LTC) is a pervasive issue in Canada and globally that presents complex challenges for health providers.

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What is SCPOR ?

The Saskatchewan Centre for Patient-Oriented Research (SCPOR) is a partnership of organisations that support patient-oriented research in Saskatchewan. SCPOR’s objectives are to:

  • Identify and address the needs of patients and knowledge users by facilitating patient-oriented research;
  • Provide multidisciplinary methodological expertise in patient-oriented research;
  • Assist decision makers and investigators to identify and design research studies, conduct statistical analyses, manage data, provide and teach project management skills, and ensure studies meet regulatory standards;
  • Advance methods and training in comparative effectiveness research and develop the next generation of methodologists;
  • Facilitate access to Saskatchewan health data and integrate existing or new databases;
  • Provide traineeships for University students interested in hands-on experience in patient-oriented research (See Student Page).

SCPOR is also committed to supporting Rural and Indigenous health research in the province. The Indigenous Platform (web page coming soon) advises and contributes to SCPOR programs and activities to advance SCPOR’s core values and build capacity in Indigenous-specific engagement and research across the province.

CIHR’s SPOR STRATEGY

SCPOR is one of ten provincial/territorial units led by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to build provincial and national capacity for patient-oriented research. CIHR launched the Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) to foster evidence-informed health care. Read more about CIHR’s SPOR strategy here.

WHAT IS PATIENT-ORIENTED RESEARCH?

The vision of CIHR’s SPOR initiative includes two critical elements. The first is patient-oriented research teams which include patients and family members. The second is the inclusion of decision makers (including policy makers and health authority leaders) and health care practitioners throughout the research process.

The intended outcome is patients, families, clinicians, researchers and policy-makers will work together to identify research topics, do research and then use the results of that research to improve patient care and the health system.

WHY IS PATIENT-ORIENTED RESEARCH IMPORTANT?

Patient involvement has been shown to guide research to more relevant questions, improve data collection methods, and improve data interpretation. Patients also have a role to play in knowledge translation. The contribution of health care practitioners and decision makers helps guide the research on a practical, sustainable path and their involvement in research speeds up the process of translating new knowledge into policy and to the bedside.

To learn more about organising a patient-oriented research team, see our Researchers Page.

Are you interested in getting involved as a patient or family member? See our Patients Page.

Effective patient-oriented research requires a multi-disciplinary approach

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An Enriched Research Team

Traditionally, medical researchers published in academic journals, and their results could take years to filter through to front-line care. The POR model is engineered to speed up this process by bringing front line practitioners and policy makers to the research team. Their contribution helps guide the research on a practical, sustainable path. The knowledge generated by the research can more easily be put into practice, and new information and improvements in care informs health care policy as soon as possible.