“Involving patients and community members in all aspects of research is vital. PERC worked with POPLAR, the Primary care Ontario Practice based Learning and Research Network, on devising the inaugural structure for our Patient Advisory Committee (PAC) and consulted on training and compensation. This ensured that the Patient Voice was integrated into the conception and launch of the PAC. PERC’s materials were very helpful and are being used for PAC. This represents an excellent example of collaboration between different organizations, in the benefit of patients and the public.”
Michelle Greiver, Lead – Primary care Ontario Practice based Learning and Research (POPLAR) Network
PERC supports the core work of the INSPIRE-PHC Network. PERC has strengthened patient engagement in primary care through partnerships and strategic advice to researchers affiliated with POPLAR, OPEN, MUSIC, PICHIN and PACE primary care researchers from universities across Ontario (e.g., Departments of Family Medicine at Queen’s, McMaster, Ottawa). Representatives from PERC also support the TUTOR-PHC research trainee network, mentoring the next generation of primary care researchers on how to meaningfully engage patients in their research.