Workshops in Patient-Oriented Research Methodologies

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Diefenbaker Canada Centre

101 Diefenbaker Place

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7N 5B8


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The Saskatchewan Centre for Patient-Oriented Research (SCPOR) will be hosting our first ever "Workshops in Patient-Oriented Research Methodologies Day". The workshops will introduce participants to a variety of research methodologies which engage patients in the research process.

Workshops are registered for individually. Please select a ticket below for each workshop you'd like to attend.

Lunch is provided. If you would like to stay for lunch please select a ticket below.

Workshop #1

Topic: Patient Engagement in Research Using Administrative Data

Description: Patients and their family members are being increasingly recognized as valuable members of the research team. Qualitative researchers have quickly embraced them as team members, but quantitative researchers (i.e., those that work with numbers and use statistics to draw research conclusions) have been slower to integrate patients into the research team. There seems to be confusion about the contribution that patients can make to this type of research. This presentation will discuss two issues: First, how patients, their family members and other non-traditional researchers are essential to improving the quality of research using administrative data. Second, how researchers can facilitate true patient engagement on the research team.

Presented by: Jacqueline Quail and Judy Pelly (Knowledge Keeper)


Workshop #2

Topic: Engaging Patients in Synthesis Reviews: Best Practices, Available Evidence and Personal Reflections

Description: This session will feature an overview of best practices and personal experiences when engaging patients in synthesis reviews (e.g. systematic reviews, scoping reviews, realist reviews). The session will begin with an overview of the available literature regarding engaging patients in the research process before moving to identified recommendations for engaging patients in reviews.

This will be followed by reflections on experiences working with patients on systematic and realist reviews. The session will end with an open discussion on engaging patients in the review process.

Presented by: Catherine Boden


Workshop #3

Topic: Q-Methodology: An Interactive Alternative to Surveying for Patient-Oriented Research

Description: This session will offer participants an opportunity to learn more about Q-methodology. Developed in the 1930s through the work of British physicist-psychologist William Stephenson, Q-method is once again gaining popularity. We have found it works very well in addressing questions in patient-oriented research and provides an interactive alternative to surveying. Hear about the foundational elements needed to put this method into practice as we share our experience using Q-methodology in a SHRF funded project on patient empowerment. Q-methodology, unites the strengths of qualitative and quantitative research to capture personally held subjective views and was an ideal vehicle to explore the complex concept of patient empowerment with patients. Before the session concludes you will learn how to develop a q-set, review strengths and barriers of the methodology, and hear feedback from past patient participants on this approach. There will also be time to try out our Q-boards and engage in discussion on how this methodology might be right for your next POR project.

Presented by: Tracie Risling and Tyler Moss (Patient Partner)


Workshop #4

Topic: Collective Data Analysis and Photovoice with Indigenous Mothers

We developed an innovative research methodology that incorporates elements of narrative inquiry, participatory-action, and patient-oriented research approaches to guide data collection, analysis, and knowledge translation. Individual interviews were conducted with Indigenous mothers from urban and rural Saskatchewan who gave birth between January 2017 and September 2018. The interview transcripts were analyzed using a collaborative team approach that included an Elder, mothers, practitioners and researchers. Next, themes were shared in talking circles with the mothers for further validation of the team findings. Finally, the mothers were invited to participate in developing a Photovoice multimedia tool as a unique tool for knowledge exchange.

In this workshop, we will share the method we used for the collective data analysis and our approach to photovoice. We hope to offer practical advice and to inspire you to use these methods in your own POR research.

Presented by: Carrie Pratt (Supervisor: Angela Bowen)


Presentation and discussion will be streamed live via WebEx for those who are unable to attend in person.

If you are a Patient and Family Advisor (PFA) or someone with lived experience please contact Methods Platform Facilitator Christopher Plishka at: or 306-966-8851 for additional details.

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Diefenbaker Canada Centre

101 Diefenbaker Place

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7N 5B8


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