The Unit

Working together for a Learning Health System

The Unité de soutien au système de santé apprenant (SSA) Québec is a provincial unit of the national strategy for patient-oriented research (SPOR) network of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).



The Unit works to continuously improve the Québec healthcare system by mobilizing and applying experiential, scientific, clinical and organizational knowledge.


For whom

The Unit provides support to any person or organization working in health care and social services in Québec as well as the population.



The unit’s teams work across Quebec and deploy their expertise by offering training, consultation services, tools, faciliation and networking opportunities.

  • It builds scientific and experiential knowledge
  • It offers support to project leaders in the network
  • It oversees the continuous improvement of quality

Why the Unit?

  • The Unit supports the continuous improvement of the Québec health system.
  • It acts as a link between science and practice
    • So that the results of the research do not remain on the shelves
    • To ensure that projects are patient-oriented and that the public is part of the solution
  • It is supported by the pan-Canadian SPOR program:
    • It obtains CIHR funding that is beneficial to Québec
    • It has supported the integration of patient-oriented research (POR) since 2014
  • The Unit has the expertise required to enable the Québec health system to continuously improve in partnership
    • Training, consultation, tools, facilitation and networking
    • Partnership, data management, data to knowledge, change management and capacity building.
    • It takes care to avoid working in isolation and to improve targeted care trajectories at the organizational and professional levels
  • To support the improvement of initiatives, processes and trajectories, the Unit
    • Builds scientific and experiential knowledge
      • LHS toolbox on website
    • Supports targeted projects and initiatives
      • PATIenTS program
      • TNCM Program
      • Young LHS researcher leaders program
      • Patient Community Experiences
      • Académie Qualité Santé partnership
    • Orchestrates continuous quality improvement
      • Mandate by the MSSS

When, in a systematic way and in partnership, the establishments, then the RUISSSs of Québec, measure data, analyze them to derive knowledge and use this knowledge to improve practices, then we will have succeeded in the Québec learning healthcare system.

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