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Interior Regional Committee for Patient Engagement in Research

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Open to Interior Region, Volunteers across the Interior region

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Does patient oriented research interest you? Read more about this exciting opportunity!

Open to: Volunteers across the Interior region

Lead Organization or Department

BC Support Unit Interior regional centre (Interior Health/UBC Okanagan)


  • The purpose is to engage patient representatives to become members of the Interior regional committee for patient engagement in research. This committee has a lead role in developing a patient engagement strategy for the BC SUPPORT Unit Interior regional centre, specific to patient-oriented research.
  • The aim of this strategy is the integration of patient perspectives in the development and implementation of clinical and health services research that takes place in the Interior region of British Columbia.
  • An additional expectation of the committee is to evolve and become a standing committee with both advisory and evaluation roles to help study or deeply examine the successes of the inclusion of the patient ‘voice’ in health research conducted within the Interior region.

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of collaborate (at a system-wide strategic leadership level) on the spectrum of engagement ( The promise to you is that the health care partner will look to you for advice in developing, implementing and evaluating national, provincial and regional policy and/or research to ensure the health care system is responsive to the patients’ experience as much as possible.


  • Ability to share your perspectives in developing and setting goals and determine outcomes for the patient engagement strategy of the BC SUPPORT Unit Interior regional centre.
  • Preference for volunteers with diverse experiences with health systems –for example as a result of recent medical challenges (in the last 5 years), dealing with complex chronic disease, and a disability for work as a result of ill-health related problems/ill- and or injured worker.
  • Preference for volunteers to be able to describe their health and wellbeing experiences in relation to research.
  • Open to volunteers across the Interior Region of BC.
  • Patients should have previously attended a PVN orientation session. If you have not attended an orientation but are interested please contact the Engagement Leader directly to see if accommodations may be possible.


  • Currently, they are looking for 1-2 additional PVN volunteers.
  • Meetings are held in-person, by teleconference/webinar.
  • The first half/full day face-to-face meeting of the Interior committee for patient engagement in research is tentatively scheduled late January/early February 2017. Location to be determined.
  • Regular and bi-annual planning meetings in 2016 and onwards: Subsequent meetings (format, frequency, location etc.) will be discussed at our January/February 2017 meeting.
  • One year term with possible extension up to two years.
  • Committee members include Patient Voice Volunteers and representation from Interior Health. Thompson-River University, Selkirk College, College of the Rockies and Okanagan College, in particular those who have demonstrated an academic interest in patient participation in their work will probably be invited as well. Possible additional community volunteers may be included.


Expenses such as travel, food and accommodation will be covered (pre-approval is required)


  • Patient-oriented research is defined as research that engages patients as partners and focuses on patient-identified priorities with the goals of improving patient experiences, health outcomes and the health system.
  • The BC SUPPORT Unit is a multi-partner organization preparing to support, streamline and increase patient-oriented research throughout BC. The Unit is one of several SUPPORT Units being established across the country as part of Canada’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) led by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Regional centres will be the first point of contact for stakeholders located outside of the Vancouver region
  • According to CIHR, “Canada’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) is about ensuring that the right patient receives the right intervention at the right time” (CIHR 2015). The objective of SPOR is to foster person-centred evidence-informed health care by bringing innovative diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to the point of care, so as to ensure greater quality, accountability, and accessibility of care.
  • BC SUPPORT Unit regional centres, corresponding with regional health authorities and their affiliated universities, will provide a key integration function, ensuring that patient-oriented research is conducted and research evidence is used to improve patient experience and outcomes – and that patients are engaged in these efforts.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Selena Davis
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Kootenays & Boundary


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