The provincial and federal governments have invested a combined 63-million dollars to create a partnership for patient-focused research in Saskatchewan.
The Saskatchewan Centre for Patient-Oriented Research, or SCPOR, includes universities and provincial organizations who will work with patients to craft research to improve healthcare in Saskatchewan.
Executive Director of SCPOR Helen Kenyon says the focus won’t be on just drugs to treat patients, but the lifestyles of patients as well.
“You would often to research with Pharmaceutical companies, or private intestors,” said Kenyon. “Whereby you were looking more at profit within the health industry. Here we are looking at giving it back to the patients — the people who really will benefit from it.”
The focus for SCPOR is on mental health and addictions, and a specialized unit will also be looking at improving Indigenous outcomes.