About Us

Patients expect the best possible health care. The BC SUPPORT (SUpport for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials) Unit is part of a national program to help health care research be more relevant and meaningful to patients, so that they get the best possible health care. Find out more about us

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Patient-oriented research (POR) requires the input of patients, researchers, health care providers and health system decision makers. We aim to support POR through two main areas of focus: doing and studying. We support patient-oriented research teams to do research, and help bring research teams together to study the best ways to do POR. Find out more about our services.

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Who We Are


We provide services to researchers, patients, health care providers and health system decision makers, and facilitate initiatives identified as provincial priorities.

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We’re one of 11 SUPPORT Units across the country, all part of Canada's Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR), led by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

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We're part of the BC Academic Health Science Network (BC AHSN), an organization which also includes Clinical Trials BC and Research Ethics BC