Patient-Oriented Research Opportunities

Patient-oriented research offers an opportunity to make health research more responsive to the priorities of patients and the health care system.

This page features engagement opportunities in patient-oriented research supported by PVN and the BC SUPPORT Unit. Just choose the ones that interest you and RSVP!

What is Patient-Oriented Research?

Traditionally, patients have mostly been the subjects of health research, or “study participants.” Patient-oriented research is different, as it:

  • Is done in partnership with patients (often as part of the research team!);
  • Answers research questions that matter to patients; and
  • Aims to improve health outcomes and to enhance patients’ experiences by using evidence to inform decisions at all levels in the health care system.

Learn more about patient-oriented research in our Frequently Asked Questions, and please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.


Provincial Opportunities

Patient-Oriented Research Team Member, Implementing a Hands-On Methods-Based Research Study

We are seeking patient partners to help improve patient outcomes and health care practice through their involvement in a hands-on research study examining how “overview of reviews” are conducted. They will be leaders in the study, make decisions with the team at every stage of the research and having a hands-on role in conducting the study, which starts in May 2020. Make a difference and learn about how to conduct research!

Open to: Patient partners across the province
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Deadline: November 13, 2019
Fraser Valley & Lower Mainland Region

Patient Partner, Older Adult Wearable Technology Falls Prevention Research Project

The use of wearable technology, such as hip protectors, by older adults has been shown to prevent falls and improve the quality of life in Fraser Health. A team at Simon Fraser University is seeking two patient partners to join their research project as they seek to learn from that experience and expand its use to other areas across Canada.

Open to: Patient partners in Fraser Health communities
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Deadline: November 15, 2019

Patient Partner, Prescription Opioid Misuse Research Program

Prescription opioid misuse destroys lives, families and communities. Finding ways to prevent and intervene when people need support is the goal of a team of researchers at the University of British Columbia. They are seeking two patient partners with lived experience to ensure that this research is meaningful and respectful to those that have experienced opioid misuse.

Open to: Patient partners in the Lower Mainland & Fraser Valley
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Deadline: November 28, 2019

Patient Partner, Better Care for Epilepsy Research Project

Neurologists are key team members in diagnostic work-up, prognosis and successful treatment of epilepsy. To improve neurological assessment of patients, a collaborative team at Simon Fraser University and Fraser Health Authority is seeking two patient partners to share their lived experience with epilepsy to help develop a decision support system that highlights medical emergencies through the reading of electroencephalographic (EEG) recordings enhanced through artificial intelligence.

Open to: Patient partners in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley
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Deadline: November 30, 2019

Patient Partner, Decision-Making in Patient-Oriented Research: What Works Team

We all want to work together as a team to improve health care research. The question is: how? UBC Okanagan is seeking two patient partners to share their experience in creating more inclusive practices for collective decision-making in patient-oriented research.

Open to: Patient partners preferably from Abbotsford or Surrey
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Deadline: November 30, 2019
Interior Region

No current opportunities

Northern Region

No current opportunities

Vancouver Island Region

No current opportunities