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Two SFU researchers awarded best poster presentation at BC SUPPORT Unit conference

BC SUPPORT Unit’s first provincial conference, Putting Patients First: Partnerships for Better Health Research, brought together over 300 attendees to discuss patient-oriented research.
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The BC SUPPORT Unit’s first provincial conference, Putting Patients First: Partnerships for Better Health Research, brought together over 300 health researchers, patients, healthcare providers and decision-makers passionate about and interested in patient-oriented research (POR). Attendees were provided with the opportunity to learn and collaborate with patients and professionals interested in POR at the one-day conference.

One of the highlights of the conference was that two Simon Fraser University health researchers were awarded best poster presentation. Of the 24 poster presenters, SFU Health Sciences PhD candidate Iva Cheung and SFU Faculty of Health Sciences researcher Louisa Edwards were two out of three award recipients. 

Cheung’s poster presentation—Increasing Patients’ Understanding of the Mental Health Act in BC—aligns with her research in knowledge exchange in mental health. Before embarking on her PhD, Cheung completed a Master of Publishing at SFU, Master of Science at UBC and Bachelor of Science at the University of Alberta. She uses the skills she acquired from her education in publishing and experience as a certified professional editor to communicate about science and contribute to a better understanding of complex health topics. 

Edwards’ poster, The PREFeR (PRioritiEs for Research) Project: Building Capacity for Patient­Oriented Primary Care Research in British Columbia, outlined research priorities for primary care research that is patient directed. "Despite the fact that much of primary care research focuses on studying patient needs and gaps in care, patients are not frequently included in prioritizing research ideas,” says Edwards. “To remedy this, the PREFeR Project aims to identify patient-generated priorities for primary care research in BC and compare patient and clinician perspectives."

If you are interested in patient-­oriented research, be sure to connect with the BC SUPPORT Unit Fraser Centre—a partnership between SFU and Fraser Health—providing research, patient engagement, and knowledge translation support for researchers conducting patient­oriented health research.