The Unit

A benchmark for Quebec’s 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).



Our Unit’s vision is to continuously improve the Québec health system and make it a learning system.


For whom

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



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

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

Presentation of the Unité de soutien SSA Québec by

  • Antoine Groulx, scientific codirector
  • Catherine Wilhelmy, patient partner and codirector

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 and tools
    • 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

Our expertises