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Team Member, Building Patient Oriented Research Capacity, University of Northern BC and Northern Health

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Open to Northern Region, Patient partners in Terrace

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Become a health research team member and help other patient partners to get involved in health research!

Open to: Patient partners in Terrace

Lead Organization or Department

University of Northern British Columbia, Northern Medical Program

Aim

The goal of this initiative is to foster meaningful collaboration among patient partners, health care workers and policy makers so they can work together to conduct health research that is important to patients. Patient partners will join a team or health care workers, policy makers and researchers that will help develop interest and skills in Patient Oriented Research in Northwestern BC. The goal of this opportunity is to take a participatory approach towards developing this funding opportunity, where patient partners are involved from the initial stages of applying for research/project funding through the end of the research/project.

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of collaborate on the spectrum of engagement. The promise to you is that the research partner will work together with you to formulate solutions and incorporate your advice and recommendations into the decisions to the maximum extent possible.

Eligibility

  • Open to patient partners who live in Terrace
  • Interest or experience in patient oriented research an asset, but not required
  • If you have a strong interest in this work but have not yet completed a PVN orientation and Volunteer Agreement, are unsure if your experience is a good fit or feel another format of engagement would work better with your availability, please contact Cathy Almost.

Logistics

  • Vacancies: 1-2
  • Location: Terrace, BC
  • Date: TBD (monthly meetings for 3 months followed by a one-day workshop)
  • Time: flexible based on availability of patient partners
  • One week to 6 months in person commitment

Reimbursement

Pre-approved mileage and childcare expenses (if needed) will be covered. Food will be provided at meetings. Additional reimbursement will depend on successful funding applications.

Background

The BC SUPPORT Unit, Northern Centre has released a funding opportunity aimed at developing Northern research collaborations and supporting patient-oriented research. The goal is to take a participatory approach towards developing this funding opportunity, where patient partners are involved from the initial stages of applying for research/project funding through the end of the research/project. Patient-oriented research is research that focuses on patient priorities by engaging patients as meaningful partners in health research. In order to develop a culture of patient-oriented research in Northwestern British Columbia, initiatives are needed to increase interest and skills in this research methodology. This initiative aims to increase knowledge in patient-oriented research by forming a team of patient partners, health care providers, policy makers and researchers that work together to plan activities. One potential activity is a workshop where everyone can learn together and from each other. The initiative design will not be finalized until patient partner input has been provided. Patient partners will be asked to provide suggestions on how to prepare patient partners to be research team members and how to prepare researchers, health care workers and policy makers to meaningfully involve patient partners in research.

Engagement Leader Contact Information

Cathy Almost
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Northern BC
250.615.9932
calmost@bcpsqc.ca

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