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Support for a learning health system

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The Unit has created nearly a hundred tools, which it offers to individuals and health organizations working in research, health care and social services. It also supports creators of new tools through two kinds of assistance:

  • Using and adapting the Unit’s tools
  • Support for development of new LHS tools

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At each step of an LHS

Our tools

To see all the tools we can assist you with, consult our detailed service offer.

Tools to implement LHSs in general


ACCESS RECHERCHE is a one-stop shop for research facilitation services, developed in partnership with Réseau-1 Québec, to provide research capacity in front-line clinical environments and advisory services to researchers in methodology, clinical reality, protocol writing, recruitment, dissemination, letters of support and cost estimation. It is a living laboratory that puts the Frontline Practice Research Networks (RRAPPL in french) to work for a learning health system in community-based care. This network includes more than 50 front-line clinics in Quebec serving more than 500,000 patients.

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Écosanté aims to enhance knowledge, competencies and collaboration opportunities related to health economics, in particular health economic assessment.

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Quebec decision aid tool for lung cancer screening

A decision aid tool is available online for clinicians and people who are eligible for lung cancer screening in Quebec. Its aim is to help those who qualify make an informed decision about whether or not to undergo screening. The Unité de soutien SSA Québec helped with its development.

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3 courses to prepare for a medical consultation

Here are three free trainings that aim to help people prepare to consult a health or social services professional. These trainings allow the development of skills to engage more actively in health consultations.

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Guide for a composite gender score

How do you indirectly measure gender in human research? Here is a guide to creating a composite gender score.

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Questionnaire for measuring human gender in research

This questionnaire measures gender identity, gender roles, and sexual orientation in research. Corresponds to a self-reported measure of perceived gender to be incorporated prior to data collection.

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15 training capsules on the design of tools to support shared decision-making

After completing this self-paced online training, you will be able to assess what is required to design a decision support tool and judge the quality of decision support tools. Discover fifteen videos, each 5 to 15 minutes long.

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Tools to increase data availability


Learning platform designed to link the queries of care and research teams with information systems specific to each data custodian. It allows data to be transmitted securely to other secure third-party systems through which the requesting unit can access it.

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Toolbox to query a cohort of the population on care trajectories and a research community including researchers from the four RUISSSs.

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Transparency- and consent-driven ethical framework designed to share research data.

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Tools to assess the quality of scientific evidence and assess innovations


Structured approach for the translation and cross-cultural adaptation of the various questionnaires. High potential for use in Indigenous Health.

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Tools to measure patient costs for health care.

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Tools to facilitate patient-public and organizational partnerships

OPR Guide

Available in English and French, this guide provides recommendations to help people and organizations working in health care in the areas of research, care and social services, including patients, to implement a participatory research project aimed at improving practices in a health organization(s).

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Patient-public partnership toolkit

Handbook, mandate, financial compensation guidelines, etc.

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Expériences – Patient community

Mobilization of a provincial community of more than 20 patients, caregivers and citizens partners related to major research and health system transformation initiatives in Quebec.

ENGAGE: Participatory methods and visual and auditory tools to engage vulnerable populations in research

How do we engage vulnerable or low-literacy individuals in health research? How can we reduce the barriers between academic research and community members? Co-constructed by community organizations and the Canadian and international research communities, the bilingual ENGAGE website offers participatory methods and visual and auditory tools.

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Tools to deploy and mobilize knowledge


Software development platform for reflective practices on various health issues. ReflexD is a reflective practice tool for diabetes that has demonstrated the potential use of PARS3.

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Tool for early identification of frequent emergency services users for redirection to case managers.

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COVID-19 physician assignment system. Potential for use in other applications.

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Questionnaires that measure patient-reported outcomes with a major impact on quality of life in chronic diseases.

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Service request

When you apply for support from the Unité de soutien SSA Québec, you are taking part in the emergence of a learning health system (LHS). We offer three types of support: training, consultation and tools.