Collaboration Opportunities

Many Strategy for Patient Oriented Research (SPOR) funding opportunities require applicant teams to be made up of researchers, and patient and knowledge user partners, from multiple Canadian provinces/territories. This page lists applicants searching for cross-jurisdictional collaborators in BC for funding opportunities in late 2017 and early 2018. For more information about these opportunities, please contact

BC Patient and Clinician Engagement Request: Mental health and substance use care: eCoordination through virtual communities that enhance health and social partnerships
Principal Investigator: Marina Morrow, York University
BC Contact: Emily Jenkins, Assistant Professor, UBC School of Nursing |
Project overview: Mental health and substance use challenges are a leading health concern for Canadians of all ages, with only 1 in 3 adults and 1 in 4 youth having access to the health and social supports that they require. Clinicians report difficulties in navigating the treatments, supports and resources required by their clients with mental health and substance use challenges and clients report frustration and distress in navigating the system(s). Our team is seeking to develop and test a novel eHealth (internet-based) innovation, virtual communities, to support needed access to and linkages between the services and sectors required to holistically address clients’ medical, psychological, and social needs.

Nature of Engagement: As a patient-oriented research study, our team is dedicated to representing and responding to the experiences of those who will benefit from study outputs – patients and clinicians. Our team is seeking to engage primary care clinicians and clients (persons with lived experience of mental health and/or substance use challenges) in BC as partners on our research team. While we are flexible to negotiate what this partnership looks like, we anticipate creating a patient and clinician advisory council that would meet quarterly over a 4-year period to provide guidance to the study team and who would be available for additional consultation on an “as needed” basis. We also anticipate that we will have several working groups on the project including one dedicated to patient engagement. Working groups would meet more frequently.
In order to maximize opportunities for input and engagement, we are seeking patient and clinician partners immediately, with the grant being submitted for funding review on November 27, 2017.

Systematic-Evaluation-Referral-Treatment for Diabetes, Cardiovascular and Renal Risk in Rural/Remote and Northern Canadian Communities (SMART-Care)
Principal Investigator: Aminu Bello, University of Alberta
Rural and remote residents of Canada are at higher risk for chronic diseases (kidney and cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure), have less access to specialist care, often receive poorer clinical care, and have worse outcomes from their disease compared with their counterparts living in urban centres. This makes the population group complex with propensity for adverse health consequences, reduced quality of life and high healthcare costs. In this study, investigators will implement a novel multifaceted healthcare intervention that serves the need of this complex and high risk population group to facilitate improved health outcomes, better care experience and lower healthcare cost. This multifaceted strategy is a combination of well tested health system improvement tools (proactive screening for risk factors, risk stratification and targeted care delivery at the right time for the right person at the right place). They will apply and test these interventions in a small scale to derive confidence that the care model is likely to impact population health, patients’ quality of life and satisfaction and also reduce healthcare costs. The investigators are particularly seeking collaborating researchers, clinicians and patients who are indigenous.

A comparative case study of primary care models for complex multimorbidity patients in Canada
Principal Investigator: Nelly Oelke, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia, Okanagan
Study aim: The overall aim of this study is to explore primary care models in four jurisdictions in Canada. We will address the following objectives: 1) to identify the components of success in these primary care models; 2) to understand how context impacts primary care model development and implementation; and 3) to ascertain the key components of primary care models to achieve better outcomes for patients, providers, and health systems.

This research project is currently looking for patients with two or more chronic conditions (including mental health). Family members/close friends of adult patients with two or more chronic conditions are also welcome to participate. Patients must have experience with the primary care system. Patient or family members will be included as equitable research team members for the project. You will be involved in the design of the study as well as all components of the research if funded. You will also be involved in the dissemination of research results from planning different approaches and patients will also be involved in presenting results at various venues.

Digestive Health Strategic Clinical Network
Principal investigator: Dr. Gilaad Kaplan, Scientific Director, Digestive Health Strategic Clinical Network, University of Calgary
Alberta’s Digestive Health Strategic Clinical Network (DHSCN) is interested in potential partnership opportunities with other jurisdictions whose research interests are aligned with theirs. More information: DHSCN research interests re PIHCI programmatic grant

Indigenous Patient Safety: Links between Cultural Safety and Professionalization
Principal investigator: Julian Robbins, a researcher in Ontario in the field of Indigenous Patient Safety
In order to better understand patient safety in the urban Indigenous context, our idea for a research project would help illuminate a little researched area that exists between professionalization and cultural safety. For instance, an Indigenous Knowledge Keeper with culturally based health and wellness knowledge (recognized and validated by their community) is an ‘expert’ in what they do, but is not seen as credentialed or properly regulated within the context of professionalization in mainstream health care. (Robbins, 2014). Thus, barriers such as these continue to impede better avenues towards health care integration and patient safety that is more inclusive of Indigenous health and wellness knowledge–as well as those that are in possession of it. This is still a challenge today even though some studies note that ‘regulation’ is concept incapable of having the principle of universality in its definition. For example, Black indicates that anyone who has attempted to study regulation outside of English-speaking environments would note that there is often not a parallel word or even a parallel concept (Critical Reflections on Regulation, Black, 2002, p 2).