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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

Value from Healthcare and Why It Is Needed in Canada

CHSPR faculty member Jason Sutherland is guest editor the October 2019 issue of Healthcare Papers, focused on value in healthcare in Canada – also the topic of the 2019 CHSPR Conference. The issue presents commentaries exploing options for improving the value from public spending on healthcare. Commonalities among the articles indicate that improving value from healthcare should focus on understanding what matters to patients and their caregivers and on measuring health and health outcomes, and that changes in financial incentives are overdue to support a higher degree of integration between providers and their organizations.

Sutherland JM. Value from Healthcare and Why It Is Needed in Canada. Healthc Pap. 2019 Oct;18(3):4-7. Read more


Recent Publications

Wisemam S, Crump RT, Sutherland JM. Surgical Wait List Management in Canada During a Pandemic: Many Challenges Ahead. Can J Surg. 2020 May 8;63(3):E226-E228. Read more

McGrail K, Lavergne MR, Ahuja M, Yung S, Peterson S. Patient and primary care physician characteristics associated with billing incentives for chronic diseases in British Columbia: a retrospective cohort study. CMAJ Open; May 5, 2020: E319-E327. Read more

Valaitis RK, Wong ST, MacDonald M, Martin-Misener R, O'Mara L, Meagher-Stewart D, Isaacs S, Murray N, Baumann A, Burge F, Green M, Kaczorowski J, Savage R. Addressing quadruple aims through primary care and public health collaboration: ten Canadian case studies. BMC Public Health. 2020 Apr 16;20(1):507. Read more

Yusuf F, Wijnands JM, Kingwell E, Zhu F, Evans C, Fisk JD, Zhao Y, Sutherland JM, Patrick DM, Marrie RA, Tremlett H. Fatigue, sleep disorders, anaemia and pain in the multiple sclerosis prodrome. Mult Scler. 2020 Apr 6:1352458520908163. Read more

Manoharan S, Liu G, Crump RT, Karimuddin AA, Scott TM, Sutherland JM. Incisional hernia repair surgery improves patient reported outcomes. Am J Surg. 2020 Mar 27. Read more

Kitchen SA, McGrail K, Wickham ME, Law MR, Hohl CM. Emergency department-based medication review on outpatient health services utilization: interrupted time series. BMC Health Serv Res. 2020 Mar 26;20(1):254. Read more

Sutherland JM. Kicking Off the 2020s with Healthcare Policy. Healthc Policy. 2020 Feb;15(3):6-11. Read more

Laba TL, Cheng L, Kolhatkar A, Law MR. Cost-related nonadherence to medicines in people with multiple chronic conditions. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy;16(3):415-421.Read more

Sutherland JM. Value From Healthcare: No Silver Bullet. Healthc Pap. 2020 Feb;19(1):6-9. Read more

Sutherland JM. Using Data to Move from Volume to Value. Healthc Pap. 2019 Dec;18(4):4-8. Read more

Wong ST, Johnston S, Burge F, McGrail K. Value in Primary Healthcare - Measuring What Matters? Healthc Pap. 2019 Dec;18(4):58-67. Read more

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Let’s Talk About Pandemic Policy

COVID-19 policy in BC is evolving as government, policy makers, and public health leaders consider relaxing some public health measures—and public input is critical. What are the trade-offs and how should we manage them? We are hosting a series of online public deliberations to find out what residents of BC value, so that decision-makers can consider your recommendations as we take the next steps in BC’s pandemic response.