The BC Renal network is mandated to:
- Facilitate and support high-calibre research and quality improvement studies to inform better care and treatment of patients
- Translate this information into knowledge for other health care practitioners, and when possible, patients
- Foster local, national, and international collaborations for knowledge exchange
- Facilitate the provision of training and mentoring of physicians, scientists and patient partners who are interested in conducting research
The BC Renal network actively gathers and uses knowledge from studies to make evidence-informed decisions for health services management and delivery. Following the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement Assessment Guide, we actively pursue activities that acquire, assess, adapt, and apply studies to build capacity and translate research into quality care. (See graphic below.)
Kidney care professionals across BC, and the research teams that support them, are engaged in a broad range of local, provincial and international research projects - many in collaboration with BC's educational institutions, including the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University and the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Their work is frequently published in peer-reviewed journals.
Health authority renal/kidney programs are also committed to ongoing quality improvement (QI), with numerous local and provincial QI initiatives underway at any given time.