2023 Priority-Setting Exercise

2023 Patient and Public Health Research Topic Priority-Setting Exercise

The SPOR Evidence Alliance is happy to announce the successful completion of the 2023 Patient and Public Health Research Topic Priority-Setting exercise. This marks an important milestone in our commitment to engaging patients and the public in shaping health research landscape in Canada.

An impressive 15-member steering panel comprising of patients and public members alongside health system decision-makers with diverse knowledge and experiences ranked and deliberated on 63 unique topics (87 submissions) submitted by patients and public members from across Canada. To ensure rigour and systematic selection process, we employed a modified James Lind Alliance Priority-Setting Partnerships approach in identifying the 20 highest priority topics to be funded by the SPOR Evidence Alliance.

Each topic was prioritized based on the following key factors:

  1. Impact: We evaluated each topic’s clinical, economic, and population-related effects, to prioritize research areas with highest potential for value-add to the Canadian health system.
  2. Unmet Need and Evidence Gap: We assessed the extent to which each topic addressed existing gaps in knowledge and potential areas for advancement.
  3. Uniqueness: We considered each topic based on the current health research landscape to avoid duplicating existing or ongoing research efforts and ensuring that the selected topics will uncover new knowledge.
  4. Timeliness and Importance: With emphasis on current health system landscape, we prioritized topics that address urgent or emerging healthcare challenges.

Read more about the top 20 health research topics below (listed in alphabetical order). These carefully chosen topics are aimed at addressing current and pressing healthcare and health system gaps, aligning with our mission to prioritize issues of utmost importance to the community. Each funded research project will be co-led by patients and members of the public, working hand in hand with a dedicated SPOR Evidence Alliance research team. We hope this will ensure that research outcomes are both scientifically robust and reflect patient experiences and perspectives.

Stay tuned for updates as we continue on this patient and public-driven research journey.

  1. Arts and activities for older adults and/or those with chronic diseases
  2. Biologics and biosimilars for people with rheumatoid arthritis
  3. Caregivers and care practitioners’ knowledge of hospice and palliative care
  4. Cost-effectiveness of home care versus assisted living facilities for individuals requiring additional supports
  5. Detection of human trafficking in clinical settings
  6. Digital health literacy for older adults
  7. Digital health technology for patient education
  8. Digital patient portals for people with cancer
  9. Hydration of older adults in long-term care
  10. Identifying barriers and facilitators to accessing primary care services in Newfoundland and Labrador 
  11. Impacts of climate change on chronic conditions
  12. Integrated team-based primary care in rural communities
  13. Mental health supports for child amputees
  14. Mental health supports for individuals experiencing homelessness
  15. Minority and diverse representation in policy-making
  16. Pain education reference guides for people with chronic pain
  17. Patient engagement in health education curriculum
  18. Peer support for families of people with Alzheimer’s disease
  19. Peer support networks for people with chronic pain
  20. Shared decision-making tools for patients in clinical settings

Additional Resources

To learn more about our approach, click here.

To view the full list of 63 unique topics submitted by patients and public members from across Canada, click here.