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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

Shaping the Future of Patient Experience Measurement in Canadian Healthcare

CHSPR faculty member Jason Sutherland edited the October 2017 issue of HealthcarePapers, exploring the thesis that the collection, reporting and use of patients’ and caregivers’ experiences with their healthcare should be greatly expanded. In the issue, CHSPR faculty members Sabrina Wong and Kim McGrail, and coauthors, write that securing providers’ support and engagement for improving patients’ care experience will be complex and multi-factorial, and will require new infrastructure for collecting care experience data that doesn’t complicate providers’ workflow, addresses differences in cultural perception of care experience, minimizes patients’ burden and overcomes limits of English-language instruments.

Sutherland JM. Shaping the Future of Patient Experience Measurement in Canadian Healthcare. Healthc Pap. 2017 Oct;17(2):4-6. Read more

Wong ST, Johnston S, Burge F, McGrail K, Hogg W. Measuring Patient Experiences: Is It Meaningful and Actionable? Healthc Pap. 2017 Oct;17(2):22-29. Read more


Recent Publications

Woods RR, McGrail KM, Kliewer EV, Kazanjian A, Mar C, Kan L, Sam J, Spinelli JJ. Breast screening participation and retention among immigrants and nonimmigrants in British Columbia: A population-based study. Cancer Med. 2018 Jul 9. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

Lavergne MR, Hedden L, Law M, McGrail K, Ahuja M, Barer M. The impact of the 2008/2009 financial crisis on specialist physician activity in Canada. Health Econ. 2018 Jun 19. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

Wong ST, Hogg W, Burge F, Johnston S, French I, Blackman S. Using the CollaboraKTion framework to report on primary care practice recruitment and data collection: costs and successes in a cross-sectional practice-based survey in British Columbia, Ontario, and Nova Scotia, Canada. BMC Fam Pract. 2018 Jun 13;19(1):87. Read more

Musabyimana A, Ruton H, Gaju E, Berhe A, Grépin KA, Ngenzi J, Nzabonimana E, Hategeka C, Law MR. Assessing the perspectives of users and beneficiaries of a community health worker mHealth tracking system for mothers and children in Rwanda. PLoS One. 2018 Jun 7;13(6):e0198725. Read more

Valaitis R, Meagher-Stewart D, Martin-Misener R, Wong ST, MacDonald M, O'Mara L; Strengthening Primary Health Care through Primary Care and Public Health Collaboration Team. Organizational factors influencing successful primary care and public health collaboration. BMC Health Serv Res. 2018 Jun 7;18(1):420. Read more

Li A, Cronin S, Bai YQ, Walker K, Ammi M, Hogg W, Wong ST, Wodchis WP. Assessing the representativeness of physician and patient respondents to a primary care survey using administrative data. BMC Fam Pract. 2018 May 30;19(1):77. Read more

Luu K, Sutherland J, Crump T, Liu G, Janjua A. The impact of chronic airway disease on symptom severity and global suffering in Canadian rhinosinusitis patients. J Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2018 May 29;47(1):40. Read more

Kurzawa Z, Sutherland JM, Crump T, Liu G. Measuring quality of life in patients with stress urinary incontinence: is the ICIQ-UI-SF adequate? Qual Life Res. 2018 May 8. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

Seow H, Qureshi D, Barbera L, McGrail K, Lawson B, Burge F, Sutradhar R. Benchmarking time to initiation of end-of-life homecare nursing: a population-based cancer cohort study in regions across Canada. BMC Palliat Care. 2018 May 4;17(1):70. Read more

Sutherland JM, Wing K, Penner M, Younger A, Liu G, Veljkovic A, Crump T. Quantifying Patient-Reported Disability and Health While Waiting for Bunion Surgery. Foot Ankle Int. 2018 May 1. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

Valaitis RK, O'Mara L, Wong ST, MacDonald M, Murray N, Martin-Misener R, Meagher-Stewart D. Strengthening primary health care through primary care and public health collaboration: the influence of intrapersonal and interpersonal factors. Prim Health Care Res Dev. 2018 Apr 12:1-14. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

Lai E, Peterson AC, Liu G, Karimuddin A, Crump RT, Sutherland JM. Psychometric validation of the Stoma-QOL questionnaire in a Canadian cross-sectional sample of colostomy and ileostomy patients. Scand J Gastroenterol. 2018 Apr 5:1-6. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

McGregor MJ, Cox MB, Slater JM, Poss J, McGrail KM, Ronald LA, Sloan J, Schulzer M. A before-after study of hospital use in two frail populations receiving different home-based services over the same time in Vancouver, Canada. BMC Health Serv Res. 2018 Apr 5;18(1):248. Read more

Innes G, McRae A, Grafstein E, Law M, Teichman JMH, Weber B, Carlson K, Boyda H, Andruchow J. Variability of renal colic management and outcomes in two Canadian cities. CJEM. 2018 Apr 4:1-11. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

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; Mar 6, 2018. Read more

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Upcoming Events

CHSPR Seminar | Targeting Low Value Care: Moving into Action – The Role of Health Technology Reassessment

Fiona Clement, University of Calgary
July 17, 2018
School of Population and Public Health

CHSPR Seminar | Hypertension Treatment and Dementia Diagnosis in Canadians >70

Rita McCracken
Sept 10, 2018
School of Population and Public Health

C2E2 Annual Lecture | A Healthy Response to Climate Change

Courtney Howard
Sept 27, 2018
VGH Paetzold Lecture Hall


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