Get Involved

The ODPRN continuously explores opportunities to engage external stakeholders in our research process in order to ensure that our research reflects the needs of patients, policymakers and the general public.

Become a Citizens’ Panel Member

The ODPRN is looking for a few more individuals to join our Citizen’s Panel. As a member, you will have the opportunity to provide feedback on drug policy research and policy recommendations. Through this role, you will help us to better understand what matters most to people with respect to healthcare policy in Ontario.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the ODPRN Citizens’ Panel, please email Dana Shearer at for more information.

Become a Research Team Member


The ODPRN conducts larger collaborative studies related to broad drug policy questions including barriers to medication accessibility, value for money and inappropriate use of prescription medications. For these larger scale projects patient representative are incorporated into our research teams and are engaged from the beginning of the project.

Role You Could Play: Research team members provide input on research projects in order to ensure that we appropriately address issues as they relate to patients as well as with the interpretation, contextualization and dissemination of research findings.

Commitment: Research team members will be invited to participate in 2-5 one-hour long research team meetings by teleconference. These discussions will focus on identifying key issues with broad policy questions, assisting with the study design and interpretation of results and providing input on various dissemination strategies for research findings.

Research projects currently recruiting patient representatives: We currently are not recruiting for any research projects.

For more information on how you can become a research team member, please email us at

Identify Research Questions


The ODPRN is committed to considering research topics of interest from patients and the public in order to ensure that the ODPRN is addressing research evidence that will directly impact patients within the Ontario health system.

Individuals are invited to submit research questions related to drug safety, medication effectiveness and accessibility as well as inappropriate use of prescription drugs. Research requests will be reviewed by the ODPRN to further scope the feasibility and potential impact of the research question.

If you are interested in submitting a research question to the ODPRN, please email us at

Applied Health Research Questions


Applied Health Research Questions (AHRQs) are questions posed by health policymakers or providers in order to obtain specific research evidence to inform policy, program development and service planning in Ontario.

By providing high quality evidence to those who need it in a timely manner, AHRQs strengthen the healthcare system and support evidence-based decision making at the policy-level.

You can find more information here.

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