The MSSU is pleased to announce the launch of a new resource, the Glossary. This resource, available in both English and French, provides simple definitions of terms used in health research, as well as a few terms that are specific to the MSSU and Maritime provinces.
The Glossary was developed by a group of Patient Partners and MSSU staff, and is intended for use by anyone involved in health research.
“The MSSU Glossary will be a beneficial, inclusive tool for anyone who is not familiar with the language often used in the world of data management and research,” said Heather Hogan, a Patient Partner who helped develop this resource.
Many of the definitions included in this resource were adapted from glossaries created by:
- Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
- INVOLVE UK
- Research Data Canada
- Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
- New Brunswick Institute for Research Data and Training (NB-IRDT)
- Building Research for Integrated Primary Health Care Nova Scotia (BRIC NS)
“As the MSSU works collaboratively across many stakeholder groups including health policy decision makers, health care professionals, the research community and patient/caregivers, we wanted to develop a comprehensive list and simplified definitions for health research terms that are often unfamiliar or difficult to understand. The Glossary is meant to be a one-stop shop for the main terms used in health research,” says Julia Kontak, Knowledge Translation Coordinator.