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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 chronic disease explosion: Artificial bang or empirical whimper?

Kim McGrail, Ruth Lavergne, and Steven Lewis consider whether the increase in chronic disease truly reflects poorer health, or whether the increase can be explained by changes in data capture or diagnostic practice.

McGrail K, Lavergne R, Lewis S. BMJ. 2016 Mar;352:i1312. Read more


Recent Publications

Sivananthan S, McGrail K. Diagnosis and Disruption: Population-Level Analysis Identifying Points of Care at Which Transitions Are Highest for People with Dementia and Factors That Contribute to Them. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2016; 64:569–577. Read more

McGrail K, Lavergne R, Lewis S. The chronic disease explosion: artificial bang or empirical whimper? BMJ. 2016 Mar;352:i1312. Read more

Sobolev B, Guy P, Sheehan KJ, Kuramoto L, Bohm E, Beaupre L, Sutherland JM, Dunbar M, Griesdale D, Morin SN, Harvey E; Canadian Collaborative Study on Hip Fractures. Time trends in hospital stay after hip fracture in Canada, 2004-2012: database study. Arch Osteoporos. 2016 Dec;11(1):13. Epub 2016 Mar 7. Read more

Hellsten E, Chu S, Crump RT, Yu K, Sutherland JM. New pricing approaches for bundled payments: Leveraging clinical standards and regional variations to target avoidable utilization. Health Policy. 2016 Mar;120(3):316-26. Read more

Hellsten E, Liu G, Yue E, Gao G, Sutherland JM. Improving hospital quality through payment reforms: A policy impact analysis in British Columbia. Healthc Manage Forum. 2016 Jan;29(1):33-8. Read more

Seow H, Sutradhar R, McGrail K, Fassbender K, Pataky R, Lawson B, Sussman J, Burge F, Barbera L. End-of-Life Cancer Care: Temporal Association between Homecare Nursing and Hospitalizations. J Palliat Med. 2015 Dec 16. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

Evans RG. Migrants, Manpower and Math in the Coming Europe. Healthc Policy. 2015 Nov;11(2):13-19. Read more

McGregor MJ, Murphy JM, Poss JW, McGrail KM, Kuramoto L, Huang HC, Bryan S. 24/7 Registered Nurse Staffing Coverage in Saskatchewan Nursing Homes and Acute Hospital Use. Can J Aging. 2015 Nov 16:1-14. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

Seow H, Barbera L, Pataky R, Lawson B, O'Leary E, Fassbender K, McGrail K, Burge F, Brouwers M, Sutradhar R. Does Increasing Homecare Nursing Reduce Emergency Department Visits at the End of Life? A Population-Based Cohort Study of Cancer Decedents. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2015 Oct 26. Read more

Levesque JF, Haggerty JL, Hogg W, Burge F, Wong ST, Katz A, Grimard D, Weenink JW, Pineault R. Barriers and Facilitators for Primary Care Reform in Canada: Results from a Deliberative Synthesis across Five Provinces. Healthc Policy. 2015 Nov;11(2):44-57. Read more

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News and Events

Access Models: The Data Awakens Conference

As part of Privacy and Security Awareness Week 2016, the Vancouver Coastal Health Privacy Office is collaborating with UBC to host Access Models: The Data Awakens, a privacy conference on June 6, 2016 focused on access to health information for research and other secondary uses.

Population Data BC recruiting for a Managing Director

Population Data BC is looking for a Managing Director with exceptional organizational and leadership skills and a strong belief in the power of data to advance population health research. More

International Population Data Linkage Conference

August 24-26, 2016
Swansea, Wales