In the fall of 2012, the BC Health Research Strategy planning team reviewed the status of health research in BC and other parts of Canada. Working with the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) framework that was developed to measure the return on investment in health research and guide future investments to accelerate progress in improving health and wealth .
Based on the CAHS framework, the BC Health Research Strategy is now moving forward with the development of a consultation strategy to help validate and refine the five strategic directions that formed the basis of the document:
- Support integration of research, care and education
- Strengthen linkages between researchers and health system decision-makers
- Strengthen the commercialization continuum
- Build capacity for patient-centred research
- Enhance support for health research
The health research strategy advisory board will be working closely with the planning team to further define the rationale, current status, and potential actions for each direction as preparation for consultation with BC health research stakeholders to seek their input.
In parallel, MSFHR is working with the BC Ministry of Health on a BC SUPPORT Unit application as part of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR). Consultation for this application will be undertaken at the same time, and in the context of, the provincial health research strategy.
The provincial health research strategy is being developed at the request of the BC Ministry of Health to help shape a more comprehensive, coordinated and systems-oriented approach to health research across the province. BC’s health research community endorsed the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research to facilitate the process; a preliminary planning phase in fall 2012 included the establishment of an advisory board and key informant interviews.