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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

In British Columbia, the supply of primary care physicians grew, but their rate of clinical activity declined

Lindsay Hedden, Ivy Bourgeault, and CHSPR faculty members Morris Barer, Kim McGrail and Mike Law used billing data for all primary care physicians in BC to study remuneration and activity levels, in order to examine the extent to which feminization and aging of the primary care physician workforce and secular trends may contribute to changes in the availability of primary care services over the period 2015-2012. Although the feminization of the workforce — and, to a lesser extent, its aging — contributed to a decline in activity, the primary driver appears to be a broad trend toward reduced clinical activity over time.

Hedden L, Barer M, McGrail K, Law M, Bourgeault I. Health Aff. 2017;36(11):1904-1911. Read more


Recent Publications

Johnston S, Wong ST, Blackman S, Chau LW, Grool AM, Hogg W. Can a customer relationship management program improve recruitment for primary care research studies? Prim Health Care Res Dev. 2017 Nov 16:1-5. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

Lavergne MR, Law MR, Peterson S, Garrison S, Hurley J, Cheng L, McGrail K. Effect of incentive payments on chronic disease management and health services use in British Columbia, Canada: Interrupted time series analysis. Health Policy. 2017 Nov 10. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

Hedden L, Barer M, McGrail K, Law M, Bourgeault I. In British Columbia, the supply of primary care physicians grew, but their rate of clinical activity declined. Health Aff. 2017;36(11):1904-1911. Read more

Iacoe E, Ratner PA, Wong ST, Mackay MH. A cross-sectional study of ethnicity-based differences in treatment seeking for symptoms of acute coronary syndrome. Eur J Cardiovasc Nurs. 2017 Nov 1. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

Goldsmith LJ, Kolhatkar A, Popowich D, Holbrook AM, Morgan SG, Law MR. Understanding the patient experience of cost-related non-adherence to prescription medications through typology development and application. Soc Sci Med. 2017 Oct 9;194:51-59. Read more

Ammi M, Ambrose S, Hogg B, Wong S. The influence of registered nurses and nurse practitioners on patient experience with primary care: results from the Canadian QUALICO-PC study. Health Policy. 2017 Oct 5. [Epub ahead of print.] Read more

Ngambi PG, Kalungia AC, Law MR, Kalemeera F, Truter I, Godman B, Munkombwe D. Evidence on the cost-effectiveness of lifelong antiretroviral therapy for prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV: implications for resource-limited countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Expert Rev Pharmacoecon Outcomes Res. 2017 Oct;17(5):459-467. Read more

Gernant SA, Snyder ME, Jaynes H, Sutherland JM, Zillich AJ. The Effectiveness of Pharmacist-Provided Telephonic Medication Therapy Management on Emergency Department Utilization in Home Health Patients. J Pharm Technol. 2016 Oct 1;32(5):179-184. Read more

Peterson AC, Sehgal A, Crump RT, Baverstock R, Sutherland JM, Carlson K. Evaluating the 8-item overactive bladder questionnaire (OAB-v8) using item response theory. Neurourol Urodyn. 2017 Oct 4. Read more

Newton E, Janjua A, Lai E, Liu G, Crump T, Sutherland JM. The impact of surgical wait time on patient reported outcomes in sinus surgery for chronic rhinosinusitis. Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2017 Sep 22. Read more

Contandriopoulos D, Benoît F, Bryant-Lukosius D, Carrier A, Carter N, Deber R, Duhoux A, Greenhalgh T, Larouche C, Leclerc BS, Levy A, Martin-Misener R, Maximova K, McGrail K, Nykiforuk C, Roos N, Schwartz R, Valente TW, Wong S, Lindquist E, Pullen C, Lardeux A, Perroux M. Structural analysis of health-relevant policy-making information exchange networks in Canada. Implement Sci. 2017 Sep 20;12(1):116. Read more

McGregor MJ, Slater J, Sloan J, McGrail KM, Martin-Matthews A, Berg S, Plecash A, Sloss L, Trimble J, Murphy JM. How's Your Health at Home: Frail Homebound Patients Reported Health Experience and Outcomes. Can J Aging. 2017 Sep;36(3):273-285. Read more

McCracken R, McCormack J, McGregor M, Wong ST, Garrison S. Associations between polypharmacy and treatment intensity for hypertension and diabetes: a cross-sectional study of nursing home patients in British Columbia, Canada. BMJ Open. 2017 Aug 11;7(8):e017430. Read more

Iyer HS, Hirschhorn LR, Nisingizwe MP, Kamanzi E, Drobac PC, Rwabukwisi FC, Law MR, Muhire A, Rusanganwa V, Basinga P. Impact of a district-wide health center strengthening intervention on healthcare utilization in rural Rwanda: Use of interrupted time series analysis. PLoS One. 2017 Aug 1;12(8):e0182418. Read more

Misfeldt R, Suter E, Mallinson S, Boakye O, Wong S, Nasmith L. Exploring Context and the Factors Shaping Team-Based Primary Healthcare Policies in Three Canadian Provinces: A Comparative Analysis. Healthc Policy. 2017 Aug;13(1):74-93. Read more

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Upcoming Events

SPPH Rounds | Virtual care & vaccine games: Tech & the future of public health

Kim McGrail, Mark Gilbert, Ian Roe
December 8, 2017
Michael Smith Laboratories

CHSPR Seminar | Investigating Adverse Drug Events to Improve Patient Safety and Identify Strategies for Health System Improvement

Maeve Wickham
December 14, 2017
UBC School of Population and Public Health

2018 CHSPR Health Policy Conference: The System Awakens

CHSPR’s 30th anniversary health policy conference
March 8-9, 2018
Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver Harbourfront


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