Focusing on health research strategy consultation

March and April have seen the consultation plan for the BC health research strategy move into action. In March, small working groups reviewed the five strategic directions proposed as a framework for the strategy and offered input into the rationale, current status, and potential actions for each.

The five strategic directions are:

  1. Support integration of research, care and education
  2. Strengthen linkages between researchers and health system decision-makers
  3. Strengthen the commercialization continuum
  4. Build capacity for patient-centred research
  5. Enhance support for health research

A number of consultation activities will be taking place in the coming weeks, starting with a series of focus sessions being held the last few days of April. The focus sessions will include a cross section of individuals representing universities, health authorities, health-related not-for-profits, health-care professionals and the biotechnology industry.

In mid-May, an online survey will solicit broad input into the strategic directions to ensure the health research strategy is moving forward in the right direction. The survey is open to all and we will be promoting it widely – watch for more information in the next couple of weeks.

In June, regional workshops in Vancouver, Surrey, Kelowna, Victoria and Prince George will provide stakeholders in those areas to provide input on the emerging strategy and to confirm that it will address regional needs and circumstances.

The provincial health research strategy will 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.

2 responses to “Focusing on health research strategy consultation

  1. Since approximately 1 out 5 people suffer from mental illness, please fund research into the debilitating illnes that has life long effects on the person for the rest of their lives. i am shocked with the discriminatory treatment of people with mental illness. Where id the proper treatment for them? I want to know if my son with schizophrenia, and my other son with bi-polar, can expect to have any new research which will help him improve his quality of life. Definitely, living below the poverty line on Persons with disability pension does not help while living in the most expensive city in Canada. We need help and funding for research in mental health which trickles to the front line people inflicted with mental illness, not just ivory tower research. People with mental illness suffer isolation, stigma among other things ( the illness is also lumped with addictions, ie. Mental Health and Addictions – can you believe it! What about Parkinsons and Addictions?) I am continually at a loss for why so little money from government goes into mental health. I heard that for every $400.
    that goes into cancer, only $11. goes into mental health. Furthermore, my sons hospitalization and lack of treatment and my treatment (being dismissed and disrespected etc.)in the PSYCH WARD is unbelievable compared to respect given and treatment given to others who have non-mentally ill problems. There is no cognitive behavioral therapy; the system is broken and mental health staff over-worked with huge case loads. I could not find a private psychiatrist with concerted effort trying for 1 1/2 years after Dr. Phillip Long, psychiatrist, retired. Please fund mental health research and give us hope – more fundraising in this area so people with mental illness can actually have a half decent quality of life and social and job opportunities. We need to treat the whole person.. .

  2. Hi Lyn, Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts on the BC health research strategy and areas of need. We are working with stakeholders to identify the priority actions that will achieve the maximum impact for the health research that is being done in BC.

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