Providence Health Care Research Institute (PHCRI) is an integrated healthcare research enterprise and the innovation and research arm of Providence Health Care, a non-profit, faith-based healthcare organization operating 16 sites across Greater Vancouver, BC. PHCRI brings world-class researchers and clinicians together to tackle some of the world’s most complex health problems, with focus on six populations of emphasis: HIV/AIDS, heart and lung health, kidney disease, urban health, mental health and addictions, and healthy aging. These areas of research directly inform patient treatment and care.
PHCRI continues to build on existing strengths to address new and ongoing complex and costly healthcare issues. We envision a renewed academic health science centre in the future that embodies a continuous learning and patient- and family-centered continuum of wellness and care. Evidence development and its application will be natural extensions of exceptional clinical care, along with organizational culture change to foster measurably improved health outcomes. Our patients and families will be key participants in our endeavours, and new knowledge will be captured as an integral by-product of each care experience. Informatics, knowledge translation and outcomes based incentives will drive a health ecosystem that will foster true innovation.
Providence Health Care Research Institute facilitates partnerships between all affiliated investigators to improve specific treatment areas and populations in British Columbia and to advance health care and the general scientific body of knowledge across Canada, while maintaining focus on the patient. A variety of initiatives and policies that account for the needs of an aging population and diverse treatment groups are needed to improve health care and health systems for all Canadians.