Key-note Dr. Sara Davison is a leader in putting patients first

Mar. 30, 2016

Dr. Sara Davison

For Sara Davison, a nephrologist and professor in the University of Alberta’s Department of Medicine, involving patients in her research came naturally. “I was often surprised by what my patients told me they valued most. If I never asked the question, I would have never known what their priorities were and what support they really needed to reduce their suffering.”

Dr. Davison will share her insights on how patient-oriented research benefits patients, researchers and the health care system at the 2016 Patient-Oriented Summer Institute May 2-4, 2016 in Calgary.

This three day Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit event offers participants the opportunity to engage with others interested in patient-oriented research.  As the key-note speaker, Dr. Davison hopes to inspire participants with examples from her own clinical practice and research that highlight the value of involving patients in research.

“The end result of involving patients is that we get clinically relevant research, a rapid translation to directly improve clinical outcomes for patients or improve processes of care and funders are happy because you get a greater, timelier return on investment. It’s a win-win,” says Dr. Davison

The 2016 Patient-Oriented Summer Institute program offers a wide range of programming intended to expand patient-oriented research across Alberta. There will be workshops, presentations and networking opportunities for patients, researchers, students, health practitioners and community members to connect, learn and work together. It’s just one way the Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit is increasing the quantity and quality of patient-oriented research in the province. Find out more about the Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit and services at

Cost for the three-day conference is $100 if you register before April 15, 2016. Visit the conference website to learn more.

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What is patient-oriented research?

Canada’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) is about ensuring that the right patient receives the right intervention at the right time.

Patient-oriented research refers to a continuum of research that engages patients as partners, focusses on patient-identified priorities and improves patient outcomes. This research, conducted by multidisciplinary teams in partnership with relevant stakeholders, aims to apply the knowledge generated to improve health care systems and practices.

From the Canadian Institutes of Health Research website.