Sexual and Reproductive Health Research
The WHRI is dedicated to supporting the sexual and reproductive health needs of women. The WHRI works closely with BC Women’s Hospital programs and their clinician researchers. BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre is the first centre in Canada with a Fellowship in Family Planning, Directed by Dr. Brian Fitzsimmons.
In addition to the various sexual and reproductive health research studies, there is also a large program of research dedicated led by Dr. Wendy Norman called the Contraception Access Research Team (CART). CART is a national, interdisciplinary, cross-sectoral collaboration performing research to support health services and policies to ensure equitable access to high-quality family planning knowledge, methods and services for women and families throughout Canada. This research program involves innovation end-users (health professionals, health system leaders, and an advisory board of citizens) in problem identification, prioritization, and research design leading to facilitated uptake of solutions. Evidence generated from the CART research has been used to increase the knowledge base for equitable quality of care, as well as to be translated into strategies and policies suitable for the needs and conditions of the end-users with the goal of reducing undesirable reproductive health outcomes experienced by vulnerable populations