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As a leader of independent, policy relevant research and graduate training, UBC’s Centre for Health Services and Policy Research (CHSPR) is dedicated to fostering visionary research within a collaborative and innovative research environment. Our work engages and informs health policy on issues that matter to Canadians.


Featured Publication

The impact of medication reviews by community pharmacists

Mike Law and colleagues examined a BC program in which pharmacists are paid to perform medication reviews with patients and found that such reviews did not significantly modify prescription drug use.

Kolhatkar A, Cheng L, Chan F, Harrison M, Law M. Journal of the American Pharmacists Association 2016:56(5):513-20. Read more


Recent Publications

Barer M, Stoddart G, McGrail K, McLeod C, editors. An Undisciplined Economist: Robert G. Evans on Health Economics, Health Care Policy, and Population Health. Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press; 2016. Read more

Kolhatkar A, Cheng L, Chan F, Harrison M, Law M. The impact of medication reviews by community pharmacists. Journal of the American Pharmacists Association 2016:56(5):513-20. Read more

Panagiotoglou D, Law MR, McGrail K. Effect of Hospital Closures on Acute Care Outcomes in British Columbia, Canada: An Interrupted Time Series Study. Med Care. 2016 Aug 19. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

Lavoie JG, Wong S, Katz A, Sinclair S. Opportunities and Barriers to Rural, Remote and First Nation Health Services Research in Canada: Comparing Access to Administrative Claims Data in Manitoba and British Columbia. Healthc Policy. 2016 Aug;12(1):52-8. Read more

Evans RG. Of Mussels and Men. Healthc Policy. 2016 Aug;12(1):12-7. Read more

Lavergne MR, Law MR, Peterson S, Garrison S, Hurley J, Cheng L, McGrail K. A population-based analysis of incentive payments to primary care physicians for the care of patients with complex disease. CMAJ. 2016 Aug 15. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

Singian K, Price M, Bungay V, Wong ST. Using Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network data to examine depression in patients with a diagnosis of Parkinson disease: a retrospective cohort study. CMAJ Open 2016;4(3):E417-E423. Read more

Vujicic M. The "de-aging" of the dentist workforce. J Am Dent Assoc. 2016 Aug 3. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

Barer M, Engelhardt M, Hedden L, Mooney D. Contested Ground: Why are some policies healthy and others not? Conference Summary. Vancouver (BC): UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research; 2016. Read more

Sutherland JM, Busse R. Canada: Focus on a country's health system with provincial diversity. Health Policy. 2016 Jul;120(7):729-31. Read more

Crump RT, Liu G, Janjua A, Sutherland JM. Analyzing the 22-item Sino-Nasal Outcome Test using item response theory. Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2016 Jun 9.  Read more

Hogg WE, Wong ST, Burge F. Statistical research: lost in translation? If you want to get doctors onside, speak their language. Can Fam Physician. 2016 Jun;62(6):524. Read more

Crump RT, Liu G, Chase M, Sutherland JM. Patient-reported outcomes and surgical triage: A gap in patient-centered care? Qual Life Res. 2016 Jun 6. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

Evans RG. Health, Wealth and the Price of Oil. Healthc Policy. 2016 May;11(4):12-9. Read more

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News and Events

2017 CHSPR Health Policy Conference: Taking the Pulse of Primary Health Care Reform

CHSPR’s 29th annual health policy conference
March 10, 2017
Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver Harbourfront

Is it Time to Reconnect Mouth and Body… Slides Available

September 2016: Marko Vujicic of the American Dental Association Health Policy Institute gave an internal CHSPR seminar on Sept. 19, on the topic of dental care and health policy. View his slides.

An Undisciplined Economist: Robert G. Evans on Health Economics, Health Care Policy, and Population Health

September 2016: For four decades Robert Evans has been Canada’s foremost health policy analyst and commentator, playing a leadership role in the development of both health economics and population health at home and internationally. An Undisciplined Economist collects Evans’ most important contributions and includes two new articles.


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