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Evidence-informed health care

The Alberta SPOR SUPPORT (AbSPORU) Unit is a specialized and virtual, multidisciplinary research service centre that helps researchers who conduct patient-oriented research with access to data platforms and services, tools, methods, training, and connections.

The goal of the AbSPORU is to foster evidence-informed health care by bringing innovative diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to the point of care, so as to ensure greater quality, accountability, and accessibility of care.

Support for researchers

The AbSPORU works with health services to support the use of research evidence in decision-making and inform best practices.

The AbSPORU supports researchers conducting patient-centered research with access to experts and knowledge through the following seven platforms.

Seven core platforms

Data Platform

The Data Platform provides a collaborative opportunity to generate patient-oriented, health-systems research involving secondary analysis of existing large data sets.

Pragmatic Clinical Trials Platform

The Pragmatic Clinical Trials Platform develops resources and tools for clinical trial participation, planning and management.

Career Development Platform

The Career Development Platform offers career development and learning opportunities designed for all stakeholders in health research to learn, work together, and expand patient-oriented research across Alberta.

Knowledge Translation Platform

The Knowledge Translation Platform offers consultation, support and training across the knowledge-to-action cycle, including knowledge synthesis, knowledge translation and implementation science.

Consultation & Research Services Platform

The Consultation & Research Services Platform supports researchers with specialized expertise around the logistics of completing a trial focused on patient-oriented, clinical, health services and outcome research.

Methods Support & Development Platform

The Methods Support & Development Platform supports researchers in developing innovative research methods.

Patient Engagement Platform

The Patient Engagement Platform provides support and resources to assist both researchers and patient partners in meaningful engagement in all stages of the health research process.

The Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit is jointly funded by Alberta Innovates and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.