Canada’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR), created by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), is about ensuring that the right patient receives the right intervention at the right time.
The objective of SPOR is to foster evidence-informed health care by bringing innovative diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to the point of care as soon as possible to ensure greater quality, accountability, and accessibility of care.
SPOR is a national coalition of federal, provincial and territorial partners dedicated to integrating research into care to improve health by involving key stakeholders such as:
- patients and caregivers
- health practitioners
- policy makers
- provincial/territorial health authorities
- academic institutions
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SPOR abides by five principles:
- 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;
- Funding under SPOR is based on a 1:1 matching formula with non-federal government partners to ensure relevance and applicability;
- Effective patient-oriented research requires a multi-disciplinary approach; and
- SPOR is outcome driven and incorporates performance measurement and evaluation as integral components of the initiative.
The Strategy has six major elements:
- SUPPORT Units
- Developing capacity
- Improving Canada’s competitiveness in delivering clinical trials
- Patient Engagement
- SPOR Evidence Alliance