INSPIRE PHC - Primary Health CAre Program:INnovations Strengthening PrImary Healthcare REsearch
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Research Project Links

PC Reform
Optimizing quality, access, integration and equity in Ontario primary care

Care in the Home (TAPESTRY)
Primary health care linking with community (TAPESTRY-CM)

Community Linkage - SCOPE
Enhancing PHC linkages with home care and hospitals (SCOPE)

Specialist Linkage -eConsult
Creating new PHC linkages with specialists

Knowledge Translation Exchange (KTE)

Sex and Gender Analysis

About Us...
OSSU Involvement


Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR)

Support for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials (SUPPORT) Units are locally accessible, multidisciplinary clusters of specialized research resources, policy knowledge, and patient perspective. SUPPORT Units provide the necessary expertise to pursue patient-oriented research and help lead reforms in response to locally-driven health care needs. They also lead and facilitate decision-making within the health services setting, foster the implementation of best practices, and promote collaboration among researchers engaged in patient-oriented research.


The objectives of a SUPPORT Unit are to:

  • Identify and address the needs of patients and knowledge users by facilitating research;
  • Provide specialized and multidisciplinary methodological expertise in patient-oriented research and its application;
  • Assist decision makers and investigators identify and design research studies, conduct biostatistical analyses, manage data, provide and teach project management skills, and ensure studies meet regulatory standards;
  • Advance methods and training in comparative effectiveness research and develop the next generation of methodologists;
  • Provide timely access to data including linked datasets and integrate existing or new databases.

CIHR's SPOR SUPPORT Unit initiative offers a rare opportunity to make strategic investments that augment existing strengths, bridge gaps and provide the "connective tissue" that will ensure Ontario is home to high impact patient-oriented research from ideas/pilots to large scale implementation and policy change. The OSSU will catalyze collaboration between world-class teams that have not previously worked closely together to produce results that are much more than the sum of the parts. In doing so the OSSU will establish Ontario as a laboratory for large scale intervention studies designed to change the health system, and health provider and consumer behaviour, on a grand scale.

Twelve centres/networks will bring diverse strengths to the OSSU and make contributions toward the six core functions defined by CIHR. The INSPIRE-PHC Program is one of these centres/networks. By design, OSSU supports and services will provide benefits to researchers, patients, providers, policy makers and other stakeholders. The pan-provincial (and national/international) focus of these centres/networks and the geographic spread of their locations will ensure the OSSU supports will ensure that the services and benefits of the OSSU reach every corner of the province, and further.

The OSSU creates resources, infrastructure and incentives for key research groups in Ontario to work together in ways that have not been achieved previously and to work with other research groups across Ontario to create further synergies. In this way the OSSU will achieve outputs that are greater than the sum of the parts. More information will be posted as it becomes available.