What is SCPOR and what do we do?


Patient-oriented research is research done in partnership with patients and their families and caregivers, that answers research questions that matter to patients, and aims to improve health care.

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

The goal of this way of doing research is to have patients, families, clinicians, researchers and policy-makers work together to identify research topics, do the research and then use the results of that research to improve patient care and the health system.


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 organizing 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.

What is SCPOR ?

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

  • Identify and address the needs of patients, policy makers, and health professionals by supporting patient-oriented research;
  • Provide links to methods 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 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.


SCPOR is one of eleven 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.

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.