The Support for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials (SUPPORT) Units:

  • is locally accessible
  • is a multidisciplinary clusters of specialized research resources, policy knowledge, and patient perspective.
  • provides the necessary expertise to pursue patient-oriented research and help lead reforms in response to locally-driven health care needs.

It also leads and facilitates decision-making within the health services setting, fosters the implementation of best practices, and promotes collaboration among researchers engaged in patient-oriented research.

This support Unit places a priority on improving primary health care and services (PHCS), as part of an integrated system, and specifically:

  • Implementing a strategy that makes the best use of enhanced data in Quebec
  • Developing patient-oriented research (POR) methods
  • Access to specialized expertise of international caliber already available in Quebec
  • Using knowledge translation based on evidence from PHS and clinical practice



The SUPPORT Unit will implement strategies and infrastructure that ensure enhanced data can be accessed, managed and analyzed. The following activities are planned:

  • Creating a directory of data sources that are useful for POR and metadata
  • Creating a directory of data validation procedures and validated algorithms
  • Creating a directory of conceptual and methodological expertise that is available to support the use of enhanced data
  • Defining standardized database and platform access procedures
  • Defining standardized procedures for using electronic medical records for research purposes
  • Providing support for training on data exploitation
  • Establishing one-stop access for the use of enhanced data, in partnership with existing organizations

Responsibility: Université of Sherbrooke



 Methodological expertise will be fostered in two ways: through researchers networking in various disciplines and through the development of expertise in cutting-edge fields. More specifically:

  • The SUPPORT Unit will offer expertise in research methodologies that are useful in addressing patient-oriented research issues, such as: epidemiology, biostatistics, economic analyses, participatory research, mixed methods and ethics.
  • It will work with experts and will have them take part in developing research methods.
  • It will support the training (researchers, clinicians, patient partners and managers) and quality evaluation processes for PHCS clinical interventions, including economic and ethical aspects.

 Responsibility: McGill University



 The SUPPORT Unit’s main focus is on improving the overall health and well-being in Quebec and on reducing health inequalities. The organization of health care and social services, as a determinant of health and well-being, will be addressed by the following activities:

  • Identification of resources for knowledge transfer in the health and social services
  • Dissemination of tools and strategies for knowledge transfer and translation
  • Support the development of expertise in knowledge transfer and translation
  • Support patient, clinician, health and social service professional and decision maker engagement
  • Assist knowledge translation based on PHCS evidence and clinical practice

Responsibility: Université Laval



The SUPPORT Unit will offer support to adopt shared tools and standard operating procedures. Special attention will be given to quality control. The objective of this component is to strengthen capacities to conduct this kind of clinical study with rigor in a PHCS setting. Key activities include:

  • Facilitating and supporting research in primary health care and services
    • Research project design and preparation
    • Biostatistics consultation
    • Project management
    • Bioinformatics
  • Grouping together expertise available in Quebec, by building capacity in areas that lack expertise
  • Making a toolset available to the research community and research partners

Responsibility: Université de Montréal



The SUPPORT Unit will focus primarily on the development of knowledge and research practices and create a program based on the CIHR Strategic Initiative in Health Research Training. Key activities include:

  • Promotion of university training programs among various target groups
  • Integration of patient-oriented research training modules adapted to target groups including: specialized patient-oriented research modules; core competencies in clinical studies; ethical conduct among researchers and related ethical issues; ethics research knowledge transfer; and research in knowledge translation
  • Initiation and follow-up of succession mentorship projects

Responsibility: Unit’s scientific leadership



The SUPPORT Unit will focus on promoting specialized research consultation services particularly among members of the Réseau de connaissance sur les soins et service de première ligne du Québec and its principal partners, in order to coordinate the use of available resources. This will allow the Unit to identify potential collaborations and innovations in the area of patient-oriented research. It will also allow it to develop specialized expertise in relation to the needs in that research domain. SUPPORT Unit activities will include:

  • Promotion of research consultation services which will allow the Unit to identify potential collaborations and innovations in area of patient-oriented research;
  • Specialized research consultation services.

Responsibility: Unit’s scientific leadership



 Patients will have roles and responsibilities within SUPPORT Unit governance, including:

  • Participating in the patient engagement support committee and in different working committees
  • Working with the patient and clinician participation coordinator
  • Participating in SUPPORT Unit activities, including:
    • Participating in training on patient-oriented research
    • Delivering various initiatives to elicit patient participation

Responsibility: Unit’s scientific leadership


For more information,  contact us directly at :

Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux Centre-Est-de-l’Île-de-Montréal (CIUSSS)
1250 rue Sanguinet, 4e étage
Montréal (Québec)  H2X 3E7

Dre Marie-Dominique Beaulieu, directrice générale et scientifique

M. Mathieu Trépanier, adjoint à la direction générale et scientifique

Mme Françoise Cabana, technicienne en coordination de travail de bureau
Tél.: 514 527-9565, poste 3781