Saskatchewan Centre for 

Patient-Oriented Research (SCPOR)

What is patient-oriented research (POR)?
It is research done in partnership with patients, answers research questions that matter to patients, and aims to improve health care. 
Learn more here.

SHRF and SCPOR Cultivate Patients as Partners with Over $1.2M in Funding for Patient-Driven Research


Nine teams have received over $1.2 million in SPROUT Grant funding to engage patients as partners and tackle research questions that are driven by the patient. This is the second offering of the patient-oriented research funding competition, funded in partnership with the Saskatchewan Centre for Patient-Oriented Research.

Research teams, which include researchers, health care providers, health system decision makers, and patient/family advisors, will use this funding to investigate a variety of health challenges. 

Click here to read the full announcement and to learn about the 2018-2019 SPROUT Grant Recipients. 

Tailoring Trauma-Informed Care: Patient-Oriented Research brings lived experience to Research Design

Seint Kokokyi, a PhD Student at the University of Regina is working alongside patients to better understand trauma-informed care frameworks.  Read her full Trainee story here

Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) Modules

SPOR modules offer training for patients/caregivers, researchers, health–care providers and health-care decision-makers intending to engage in patient-oriented research. Read more about the modules here.

SPOR modules are offered through SCPOR and are free of charge. To register, go to the News and Events page, click on the  link on the date you would like to attend, and fill out the registration form.


SCPOR Trainee Engagement with Patients Funding (STEP Funding)

Attention SCPOR Trainees! Interested in learning how you can request funding to engage patients in  your POR project?

Visit the Trainee section of our website for more information. 

Want to know more about POR and the SPOR strategy?

Take a look at our SCPOR Mandate page for more information about SCPOR, Patient-Oriented Research (POR), and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) strategy to support POR across Canada.

To learn more about organizing a patient-oriented research team, see our Researcher Page.

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

SCPOR Webinar Archives Page

SCPOR has partnered with the University of Saskatchewan Health Library to offer a series of webinars on
aspects of literature searching, data archiving and sharing, and open access publishing. These webinars have been recorded and archived on this page for viewing at any time.

Effective patient-oriented research requires a multi-disciplinary approach

Patient and

When you hover over this circle, this text pops up:Patients need to be involved in all aspects of the research to ensure questions and results are relevant

Decision-makers and clinicians need to be involved throughout the entire research process to ensure integration into policy and practice

Researchers benefit from a team approach while contributing their own expertise in rigorous, methodical approaches to answering challenging health care questions

Decision-makers and clinicians need to be involved throughout the entire research process to ensure integration into policy and practice


Health care practitioner



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.