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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

Many Canadians borrowing money to pay for prescription drugs

CHSPR researchers have found that an estimated 731,000 Canadians have to borrow money in order to pay for drugs prescribed by their physician. Canadians who reported borrowing tended to be younger, had lower household income, chronic medical conditions, and no prescription drug insurance.

“We knew that many Canadians cannot afford their prescription drugs. These new findings suggest that many people are going into debt to cover the costs of their prescription medications every year,” said the study’s lead author Ashra Kolhatkar. The senior author, CHSPR faculty member Mike Law, suggests that policy interventions be considered for patients who are struggling to pay for prescription drugs. View news release

Kolhatkar A, Cheng L, Morgan SG, Goldsmith LJ, Dhalla IA, Holbrook AM, Law MR. Patterns of borrowing to finance out-of-pocket prescription drug costs in Canada: a descriptive analysis. CMAJ Open. 2018 Nov 19;6(4):E544-E550. Read more


Recent Publications

Sutherland JM, Mok J, Liu G, Karimuddin A, Crump T. A Cost-Utility Study of Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy for the Treatment of Symptomatic Gallstones. J Gastrointest Surg. 2019 May 29. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

Guthrie DM, Harman LE, Barbera L, Burge F, Lawson B, McGrail K, Sutradhar R, Seow H. Quality Indicator Rates for Seriously Ill Home Care Clients: Analysis of Resident Assessment Instrument for Home Care Data in Six Canadian Provinces. J Palliat Med. 2019 May 16. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

Berg S, Sheps S, Barer M, Wong ST, McGregor M, MacNab YC. The Experience of Family Physicians and Home Health Staff Involved in an Intervention to Increase Patient-Related Collaboration. Can J Aging. 2019 May 16:1-14. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

Johnston S, Abelson J, Wong ST, Langton J, Hogel M, Burge F, Hogg W. Citizen perspectives on the use of publicly reported primary care performance information: Results from citizen-patient dialogues in three Canadian provinces. Health Expect. 2019 May 10. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

Teng J, Bentley C, Burgess MM, O'Doherty KC, McGrail KM. Sharing linked data sets for research: results from a deliberative public engagement event in British Columbia, Canada. International Journal of Population Data Science. 2019 May 7;4(1). Read more

Brehaut JC, Guèvremont A, Arim RG, Garner RE, Miller AR, McGrail KM, Brownell M, Lach LM, Rosenbaum PL, Kohen DE. Changes in Caregiver Health in the Years Surrounding the Birth of a Child With Health Problems: Administrative Data From British Columbia. Med Care. 2019 May;57(5):369-376. Read more

Woods RR, Kliewer EV, McGrail KM, Spinelli JJ. Breast cancer incidence by country of birth among immigrant women in British Columbia, Canada. Cancer Epidemiol. 2019 May 1;60:174-178. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

Wong ST, Burge F, Johnston S, Hogg W, Haggerty J, on behalf of the TRANSFORMATION team. The TRANSFORMATION primary health care patient experiences survey in French and English: A technical report. Vancouver, BC: UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research; April 2019. Read more

Ospina J, Liu G, Crump T, Sutherland JM, Janjua A. The impact of comorbid depression in chronic rhinosinusitis on post-operative sino-nasal quality of life and pain following endoscopic sinus surgery. J Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2019 Apr 30;48(1):18. Read more

McGrail K, Ahuja M, Huang X, Law M, Wong S, Harrison M, McGregor M, Berg S, Bryan S, Mitton C. An Evaluation of the Accelerated Integrated Primary and Community Care Initiatives. Vancouver, BC: UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research; April 2019. Read more

Rosman SL, Karangwa V, Law M, Monuteaux MC, Briscoe CD, McCall N. Provisional Validation of a Pediatric Early Warning Score for Resource-Limited Settings. Pediatrics. 2019 Apr 16. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

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News

April 2019: CHSPR faculty member Kim McGrail is leading an $81M initiative to increase access to health research data across Canada. More information about the SPOR Canadian Data Platform is here.

Events

Seminar | Screening Programmes and Health Care Decision Making: Utility, Disutility and Inertia

Tracy Roberts, University of Birmingham
July 18, 2019
Vancouver General Hospital Research Pavilion (rm 700)

Seminar: | Maternity care in rural communities: Challenges and opportunities

Katy Kozhimannil, University of Minnesota
July 23, 2019
School of Population and Public Health (rm 219)

Save the Date! 2020 CHSPR Conference

March 5-6, 2020
Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver Harbourfront


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