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About Us

The Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences (CHÉOS) is a group of experienced health outcomes researchers based at St. Paul’s Hospital. Our investigators evaluate the effectiveness of health interventions in populations to understand how to improve health and transform health systems for the future.

CHÉOS is a multidisciplinary health research centre founded to pursue excellence in research through the rigorous evaluation, interpretation, and dissemination of health outcomes information. Established in 1998, the Centre is jointly affiliated with the Providence Health Care Research Institute (PHCRI) and the University of British Columbia (UBC) Faculty of Medicine, and is located in a teaching and research hospital in the heart of Vancouver, Canada.

The Centre has evolved into the primary investigator-driven health services and outcomes research centre for Providence Health Care (PHC). CHÉOS represents a hospital and university partnership that aims to bridge health sciences research and clinical practice, consistent with the Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) model.

Who We Are

CHÉOS investigators are known for the high calibre of research they undertake. The Centre is comprised of over 130 staff members and more than 70 scientists, including Canada Research Chairs, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholars, and Canadian Institutes of Health Research Investigators.

Most of our scientists hold academic positions at either UBC or Simon Fraser University; many have clinical appointments within PHC. CHÉOS also hosts graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the health sciences, with trainees from UBC’s School of Population and Public Health, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Sauder School of Business, and clinical departments within the Faculty of Medicine supporting research activities.

Our Research

CHÉOS is active in a number of clinical research areas. In addition to cardiology, mental health, nephrology, critical care, and HIV research, our investigators undertake studies involving older adults and those who are critically or chronically ill, with the goal of reducing morbidity and mortality and delivering standardized, evidence-based care.

A major focus of CHÉOS 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, addictions, and infectious diseases, as well as other groups such as ethnic minorities, new Canadians, and Indigenous peoples.

Outcomes research evaluates the effectiveness of health interventions in populations to understand how to improve health and transform health systems for the future. Ultimately, the goal of outcomes research is to influence change and improve health and health systems by empowering decision makers to make positive changes based on evidence.

Health research in the heart of Vancouver