Improving Care

Reducing morbidity and mortality and enhancing quality of life

Informing Policy

Transforming health care at the local, national and international levels

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With more than 80 scientists, research at Advancing Health encompasses a wide breadth of areas


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A recurring feature highlighting the latest in Advancing Health research

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From design to execution, Advancing Health provides a broad range of support services

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About Advancing Health

Through interdisciplinary collaboration and mentorship of emerging health researchers, we produce and translate high-quality evidence that informs health care from the individual to the system level.

Our Impact

Advancing Health answers the big questions, to make big changes to the health care system.




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Who We Are

Established in 1998, the Centre for Advancing Health Outcomes is a group of experienced health outcomes researchers and support staff based at St. Paul’s Hospital. We evaluate the effectiveness of health interventions in populations to understand how to improve health and transform health systems for the future.

Our Research

At Advancing Health, we produce high-quality evidence to make informed changes to the health care system. Our scientists are active in a number of clinical research areas, including cardiology, nephrology, critical care, and emergency medicine.

A major focus of Advancing Health Scientists is research surrounding the structural and intermediary determinants of health. Our work spans the areas of urban populations with research related to mental health, substance use, and infectious diseases, as well as other groups such as ethnic minorities, new Canadians, and Indigenous Peoples.

Our Mandate

Advancing Health is proud to be recognized as one of Canada’s foremost health outcomes research organizations. Bridging the gap between data, research, and care, Advancing Health is a collaboration between cross-disciplinary scientists and expert research staff. The Centre influences change and improves patient care and health systems by empowering decision-makers to find positive, evidence-based solutions.

In addition to undertaking our own research, Advancing Health is dedicated to providing research support services for both health outcomes research and clinical trials.

The Centre is committed to creating an inclusive, dynamic, and cooperative work environment in which younger researchers are mentored, established researchers are supported, and all participants are encouraged to pursue personal and professional challenges.

Governing Institutions

As the primary investigator-driven health services and outcomes research centre for Providence Health Care (PHC), the Centre for Advancing Health Outcomes is jointly affiliated with Providence Research and the University of British Columbia (UBC) Faculty of Medicine and is housed at St. Paul’s Hospital, a teaching and research hospital in the heart of Vancouver, Canada.

Annual Reports

Each year, we release a report to summarize and celebrate the ongoing achievements at Advancing Health.

Annual Report 2022–23

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Annual Report 2021–22

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Annual Report 2020–21

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Annual Report 2019–20

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Annual Report 2018–19

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Annual Report 2017–18

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Annual Report 2016–17

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Annual Report 2015–16

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We are dedicated to the promotion and practice of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our workplace and fostering the development, advancement, and success of our staff.

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