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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.

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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

Law M, Kolhatkar A. The Nanos Survey on Drug Affordability is Flawed. Here’s Why. Vancouver (BC): UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research; Feb 26, 2018. Read more

McGrail K, Jones K, Akbari A, Bennett T, Boyd A, Carinci F, Cui X, Denaxas S, Dougall N, Ford D, Kirby RS, Kum HC, Moorin R, Moran R, O'Keefe C, Preen D, Quan H, Sanmartin C, Schull M, Smith M, Williams C, Williamson T, Wyper G, Kotelchuck M. A Position Statement on Population Data Science: The science of data about people. International Journal of Population Data Science. 2018 Feb:3(1). Read more

Law MR, Cheng L, Kolhatkar A, Goldsmith LJ, Morgan SG, Holbrook AM, Dhalla IA. The consequences of patient charges for prescription drugs in Canada: a cross-sectional survey. CMAJ Open. 2018 Feb 5;6(1):E63-E70. Read more

Seow H, Arora A, Barbera L, McGrail K, Lawson B, Burge F, Sutradhar R. Does access to end-of-life homecare nursing differ by province and community size?: A population-based cohort study of cancer decedents across Canada. Health Policy. 2017 Dec 13. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

Hedden L, Lavergne MR, McGrail KM, Law MR, Cheng L, Ahuja MA, Barer ML. Patterns of physician retirement and pre-retirement activity: a population-based cohort study. CMAJ. 2017 Dec 11;189(49):E1517-E1523. Read more

Sheehan KJ, Filliter C, Sobolev B, Levy AR, Guy P, Kuramoto L, Kim JD, Dunbar M, Morin SN, Sutherland JM, Jaglal S, Harvey E, Beaupre L, Chudyk A; Canadian Collaborative Study on Hip Fractures. Time to surgery after hip fracture across Canada by timing of admission. Osteoporos Int. 2017 Dec 6. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

Sutherland JM, Liu G, Crump RT, Karimuddin AA. Waiting for surgery: is waiting bad for anyone or everyone? Hernia. 2017 Dec;21(6):933-940. Read more

Skeldon SC, Cheng L, Morgan SG, Detsky AS, Goldenberg SL, Law MR. Erectile Dysfunction Medications and Treatment for Cardiometabolic Risk Factors: A Pharmacoepidemiologic Study. J Sex Med. 2017 Dec;14(12):1597-1605. Read more

Wong ST, MacDonald M, Martin-Misener R, Meagher-Stewart D, O'Mara L, Valaitis RK. What systemic factors contribute to collaboration between primary care and public health sectors? An interpretive descriptive study. BMC Health Serv Res. 2017 Dec 1;17(1):796. Read more

Worthington HC, Cheng L, Majumdar SR, Morgan SG, Raymond CB, Soumerai SB, Law MR. The impact of a physician detailing and sampling program for generic atorvastatin: an interrupted time series analysis. Implement Sci. 2017 Nov 25;12(1):141. Read more

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

McGrail K, Ahuja M. What is Bending the Cost Curve? An Exploration of Possible Drivers and Unintended Consequences. Healthc Policy. 2017 Nov;13(2):20-30. 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 (Millwood). 2017 Nov;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

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