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.

Help us Improve SCPOR!

The Saskatchewan Centre for Patient-Oriented Research (SCPOR) is currently conducting a performance evaluation to understand its impact on patient-oriented research (POR) in the Province. The outcomes of this evaluation will inform the identification of future-looking recommendations for SCPOR to enhance it’s impact in the research community.

As a key step in the evaluation, we are interested in gathering feedback from participants, attendees and end-users on the impact of SCPOR’s initiatives. The survey will remain open until Friday, 22 March 2019. All responses will be combined and individual responses will not be attributed to you.

Click here to access the survey, or simply scan this QR code with your smart phone: 

Thank you in advance for your participation. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Marni Williams (

$1.2M Awarded to Five Health Researchers for Leadership in Patient-Oriented Research

An investment of over $1.2 million has been awarded to five recipients of Patient-Oriented Research Leadership Grants by Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) in partnership with the Saskatchewan Centre for Patient-Oriented Research (SCPOR).

This is the second competition offered under this program that furthers SHRF and SCPOR’s efforts to fund research that is driving cultural change forward when it comes to how research addresses patient-identified priorities.

Being patient-oriented research, this funding is about more than just the individual grant recipients. These researchers were awarded because of their track record in engaging not only patients but other key stakeholders, such as policy and decision makers, who also play a role in the success of patient-oriented research. These grantees have demonstrated the leadership needed for the meaningful creation, exchange and uptake of patient-oriented research innovations. The programs of research they will lead will be dynamic applications of patient-oriented innovations that will provide evidence-informed improvements for the health care system and strive to improve patient outcomes.

Registration is now open for SCPOR’s Knowledge Translation Workshop

Wednesday April 3rd, 2019 (Saskatoon)

Thursday April 4th, 2019 (Regina)  

The Saskatchewan Centre for Patient-Oriented Research (SCPOR) is excited to host Dr Gabrielle Zimmermann for this informative KT workshop where participants are encouraged to bring their own KT projects to work on, or just come ready to learn about knowledge translation, both end of grant and integrated. This workshop consists of two related parts: in the morning we will explore Integrated KT and in the afternoon, how to create an end-of-grant KT plan. Lunch will be provided. Registration costs are covered by SCPOR.

Click here for more information and to register. 

SCPOR's launches new YouTube Channel

Compelling stories from patients and researchers who are advancing knowledge through patient-oriented research.

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. 

The Birth of a Research Collaboration: A Conversation with Carrie Pratt

The SCPOR trainee shares her story about joining a research team that is looking at Indigenous Women and culturally safe birth

Carrie Pratt is a graduate student in the Masters Thesis Program in the College of Nursing at the University of Saskatchewan. She began working with the University of Saskatchewan’s Dr. Angela Bowen on an innovative and collaborative patient-oriented research team made up of researchers and six mother advisors called “Bringing Birth Back: Improving Access to Culturally Safe Birth in Saskatchewan”. The team was recently presented an Excellence Award for having the top SPROUT grant in the 2018 SHRF-SCPOR SPROUT grant competition.

We had a chance to sit-down with Carrie to talk about her trainee experience.

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.