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Transforming Health with Integrated Care (THINC) funding announcement

Full announcement from the Canadian Institute of Health Research found here

Health research is vital for improving people’s health, advancing health equity, and strengthening Canada’s health care systems. This is especially true of implementation science: research that seeks to support the uptake of evidence-based solutions by policymakers and health care providers to improve patient care and health outcomes.


THINC is a research initiative led by CIHR’s Institute of Health Services and Policy Research, that aims to improve our understanding of how to implement, evaluate, adapt, spread, and share evidence-informed integrated care policies and practices.

This investment includes a $100,000 contribution from SHRF to co-fund two teams working in Saskatchewan to address high priority health care challenges. The research teams look to improve the coordination of care for people with long COVID and chronic pain. Congratulations to the teams on this important success and your commitment to improving the health of Saskatchewan people.

Funded Projects

Integrated Care Clinical Pathway Implementation using a Patient Oriented Learning Health System Approach: A Realist Process Evaluation of the Saskatchewan Long COVID Pathway

Principal Applicant: Gary Groot | University of Saskatchewan

Total investment: $1,971,649

Testing Healthcare innovations in integrated Networks for Chronic pain: Evaluation of the Implementation of ECHO Chronic Pain in Canada (THiiNC-ECHO)

Saskatchewan Lead: Susan Tupper | Saskatchewan Health Authority

Principal Applicant: Andrea Furlan | University Health Network

Total investment: $1,999,639

More on the funded projects here


The Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) is the provincial agency that funds, supports and promotes the impact of health research that matters to Saskatchewan. SHRF collaborates with stakeholders to contribute to the growth of a high-performing health system, culture of innovation and the improved health of citizens by strengthening research capacity and competitiveness, increasing the investment in health research in Saskatchewan and aligning research with the needs of our stakeholders.

Inquiries about SHRF's Partnership Program may be directed to Karen Tilsley, Director of Programs and Partnerships, at

At the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) we know that research has the power to change lives. As Canada's health research investment agency, we collaborate with partners and researchers to support the discoveries and innovations that improve our health and strengthen our health care system.

Questions about the announcement or Canadian Institutes of Health Research, contact

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