Health Care

The PCHI lab’s research is embedded in a learning health care community (LHCC) model.

The LHCC is underscored by a core set of values, and a person-centred culture where patients, caregivers and community stakeholders are not only active participants but integral to the reciprocal relationships needed for a healthy community. The LHCC model facilitates learning by answering patients’ questions, by improving health and well being of patients & community, and by applying principles of community-based participatory research.

LHCC Research Projects

LHCC Framework

The LHCC model framework has four core, foundational components. These include an infrastructure for health-related a person-centred culture, data capture, a supportive policy environment, and active and continuous stakeholder and community engagement to improve the quality and value of health care within a community (Mullins et al., 2018).

LHCC Core Values







Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR)
Patient Engagement Framework: Guiding Principles


Patient engagement in research integrates a diversity of patient perspectives and research is reflective of their contribution.


Adequate support and flexibility are provided to patient participants to ensure that they can contribute fully to discussions and decisions.

Mutual Respect

Researchers, practitioners and patients acknowledge and value each other’s expertise and experiential knowledge.


Patients, researchers and practitioners work together from the beginning to identify problems and gaps, set priorities for research and work together to produce and implement solutions.

The PCHI lab’s vision aligns with that of SPOR: Patients are active partners in health research that will lead to improved health outcomes and an enhanced health care system (SPOR Framework, 2014).