The $10.4 million in funding will go towards improving patient care
Canadians benefit from a health care system that is informed by research evidence—and by the voices of patients and caregivers. That is why it is essential that the government invest in patient-oriented research, which engages patients as partners throughout the research process.
The Honourable Yukon Hospitals Get A $10.4 Million Boost To Patient CareMinister of Health, and the Honourable Larry Bagnell, Member of Parliament for Yukon, on behalf of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Canada’s Minister of Health, announced a combined investment of $10.4 million in funding and in-kind contributions to establish a Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) Support for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials (SUPPORT) Unit in the Yukon.
With this important investment, the first of its kind in Yukon, the SPOR SUPPORT Unit will create and nurture an environment for research that incorporates patients, communities, researchers, care providers and decision-makers. Both Indigenous and Western ways of knowing will be combined to help build a sustainable, accessible and equitable health care system and bring positive changes in the health of people living in the North.
Patients in Yukon will benefit, as the SPOR SUPPORT Unit will ensure that research has direct impacts on their lives in ways that are important to them by making them partners in research and giving them a say in which topics are researched. Yukon University will host the Unit, and will bring together all partners to support and facilitate patient-oriented research initiatives throughout the territory.
The Yukon SUPPORT Unit is funded through Canada’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR), a pan-Canadian initiative dedicated to integrating research into patient care. SPOR is led by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research in collaboration with a variety of partners.
“This research initiative will integrate the lived experience of patients, their caregivers and families and Indigenous and Western knowledge within health research discussions, which are essential elements in supporting a strong health care system in the territory. I am pleased that our investment will have a direct impact on the health of people living in Yukon.”
The Honourable Minister Patty Hajdu
Minister of Health, Government of Canada