Locally Supported Research Makes A Difference

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Locally Supported Research Makes A Difference


The (former) RQHR is the only regional health authority in the province that has a specialized Research & Performance Support (RPS) unit.

For over 20 years, the RPS unit has received continued support from Senior Leadership as there is a shared belief that research ideas emerging from front line staff make significant differences to patient care and that without a research support unit, many of these projects would not be possible.

A recently completed study measuring the impact of research supported wholly or in part by the (former) RQHR confirms this premise. The study examined 70 local research projects completed in the 2015/16 fiscal year to ensure that there was a minimum of one year for the impact to be realized. Some of the key findings included:

  • 61% of the studies were lead by a physician – and 74% involved an undergraduate student or resident
  • 47% of the studies resulted in a local change in clinical practice or policy
  • 24% of the studies resulted in a change in clinical practice guidelines – locally, provincially, and in some - cases, nationally
  • 15% of the studies resulted in new or improved therapeutic interventions for patients
  • 74% of the studies were shared at conferences and helped advance knowledge in those areas – over half of the studies were presented at conferences outside of Saskatchewan
  • 10% of studies that had no external funding but were supported through the (former) RQHR, were able to leverage external funding as a result of the original study

The study concluded that research conducted by the (former) RQHR is generating new knowledge and making a positive impact on patient health outcomes and the health system. Health professionals and students working directly with patients develop research projects that are meaningful and relevant to the local community’s needs. Having a dedicated research department in the health region is a vital support for clinicians, staff and students who otherwise may not have the time, resources or knowledge to do research that matters.

For a copy of the full report, please contact elan.paluck@saskhealthauthority.ca.