Health Research Priorities


In 2010 we completed the process of updating our Health Research Priorities. The objective was to maximize the impact of the health research enterprise on informed decision making through the focused and efficient use of our resources.

The Health Research Priorities process had four phases: Process Identification and Information Gathering, Consultations, Priority Identification, and Priority Implementation. The process was designed to be inclusive, respectful, fair, and transparent in order to respect the diversity of stakeholders we serve.

Health Research Priorities Setting Process

Stage 1 - Process Identification and Information Gathering (July 2009 – December 2009)

Throughout this phase, information was gathered from various sources. The information and their influence on the Nova Scotia health research enterprise were analyzed.

During this phase background documents were prepared. These documents were considered "living documents" and were posted on our website. Interested individuals or groups were invited to review these documents and provide feedback. If readers felt information was missing, incorrect or misrepresented from any of the background documents, or the process, they were asked to submit their comments up to and including November 9, 2009 for consideration.

Measuring Nova Scotia’s Results in Health Research: 2009 Update Report (PDF Attachment)
Measuring Nova Scotia's Performance in Health Research: Final Report, 2007 (PDF Attachment)
Scientific Positioning of Nova Scotia's Health Research: A Bibliometric Analysis, 2007 (PDF Attachment)
Major Health Issues in Nova Scotia: An Environmental Scan (PDF Attachment)
Current Research Priorities in Nova Scotia (PDF Attachment)
Analysis of Strategic Research Plans (PDF Attachment)
Resources List of Priority Setting Methodology (PDF Attachment)

Stage 2 - Consultations (September 2009 – February 2010)

We sought feedback from various stakeholders regarding establishing health research priorities. In addition to public consultations via an Omnibus poll and electronic survey, 31 consultation meetings were held and an electronic survey of researchers and health system stakeholders was also conducted. Feedback from each consultation was analyzed and included in subsequent consultation sessions which allowed each group to respond to and build on previous information.

An invitation only Health Research Priorities Summit brought together senior leaders in government, academia, District Health Authorities, and the health research community seeking their input and feedback on establishing our priorities. A summary report was written which captured the feedback and input provided from the Summit participants.

Omnibus Survey: The Atlantic Quarterly, Summer 2014 Report of Survey Results (PDF Attachement)
Omnibus Survey: The Atlantic Quarterly, Summer 2009 Report of Survey Results (PDF Attachment)
Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation Web-based Survey Results (PDF Attachment)
Monthly Consultations Summary: November 2009 (PDF Attachment)
Monthly Consultations Summary: October 2009 (PDF Attachment)
Health Research Priorities Summit Summary Report (PDF Attachment)
Health Research Priorities Summit: Background Information (PDF Attachment)

Stage 3 - Priority Identification

Information gathered in background documents and consultation meetings was summarized in a synthesis document prepared by an independent consultant (see link below). Based on advice from the NSHRF Research Advisory Committee we developed proposed priorities which were presented to the NSHRF Board of Directors in February 2010. The Board endorsed these recommendations.

Priority Setting for the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation
(PDF Attachment)

Stage 4 - Priority Implementation

In 2010-11 we identified new health research priorities which have been implemented through the programs and services that the NSHRF provides. Our priorities are:

Population Health

  • Changing demographics
  • Factors that contribute to inequities (income, education, race, culture, literacy, etc.)
  • Issues specific to unique and marginalized populations in NS
  • Disease prevention
  • Mental health

Health Services

  • Continuing care models
  • Primary health care (access)
  • Models of Health Human Resources (HHR)
  • Governance, sustainability and costs