Patients & Public

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Help improve health care through research

Patients and caregivers have lived experience with health conditions and navigating the health care system. Their knowledge and expertise can help researchers to better understand the issues they are studying and make research more relevant and applicable.

The Maritime SPOR SUPPORT Unit (MSSU) is a part of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research—or SPOR—a nation-wide effort to engage patients and caregivers in health research. 

To support patient and public engagement in patient-oriented research (POR), we:

  • Connect patients and caregivers with opportunities to get involved in patient-oriented research that foster relationships with researchers, health care providers, decision-makers and other partners 
  • Support Patient Partners to engage with research networks such as Building Research for Integrated Primary Healthcare in Nova Scotia (BRIC NS) and New Brunswick SPOR Network in Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations (NB PIHCI), and at conferences, workshops and other events
  • Provide training to help patients, researchers, and other stakeholders to learn about working with each other including training in patient-oriented research, webinars, and in-person workshops
  • Engage Patient Partners as members on MSSU leadership and governance committees, and advisory groups to provide strategic advice on MSSU operations
  • Offer consultations to help researchers, policy-makers, and other partners to engage patients and caregivers in all stages of research

Get Involved

Do you have lived experience of a health condition as a patient or a caregiver? Are you interested in sharing your personal experiences to inform research that improves health care? 

If so, we can help you get involved with patient-oriented research.

If you're interested in becoming a Patient Partner, please complete an expression of interest form or contact us to explore the possibilities:

Shelley Strickland
Phone: (902) 473-7642