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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 impact of medication reviews by community pharmacists

Mike Law and colleagues examined a BC program in which pharmacists are paid to perform medication reviews with patients and found that such reviews did not significantly modify prescription drug use.

Kolhatkar A, Cheng L, Chan F, Harrison M, Law M. Journal of the American Pharmacists Association 2016:56(5):513-20. Read more


Recent Publications

Skeldon SC, Macdonald EM, Law MR, Huang A, Paterson JM, Mamdani MM, Juurlink D. The Cardiovascular Safety of Dutasteride. J Urol. 2016 Nov 16. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

Housden L, Wong ST, Browne AJ, Dawes M. Complexities of Introducing Group Medical Visits With Nurse Practitioners in British Columbia. Policy Polit Nurs Pract. 2016 Oct 24. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

Sheehan KJ, Sobolev B, Guy P, Kuramoto L, Morin SN, Sutherland JM, Beaupre L, Griesdale D, Dunbar M, Bohm E, Harvey E; Canadian Collaborative Study of Hip Fractures. In-hospital mortality after hip fracture by treatment setting. CMAJ. 2016 Oct 17. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

Browne A, Varcoe C, Lavoie J, Smye V, Wong S, Krause M, Tu D, Godwin O, Khan K, Fridkin A. Enhancing health care equity with Indigenous populations: evidence-based strategies from an ethnographic study. BMC Health Serv Res. 2016 Oct 4;16(1):544. Read more

Innes GD, Scheuermeyer FX, Law MR, McRae AD, Weber BA, Boyda HN, Lonergan K, Andruchow JE. Sex-related Differences in Emergency Department Renal Colic Management: Females Have Fewer Computed Tomography Scans but Similar Outcomes. Acad Emerg Med. 2016 Oct;23(10):1153-1160. Read more

Barer M, Stoddart G, McGrail K, McLeod C, editors. An Undisciplined Economist: Robert G. Evans on Health Economics, Health Care Policy, and Population Health. Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press; 2016. Read more

Kolhatkar A, Cheng L, Chan F, Harrison M, Law M. The impact of medication reviews by community pharmacists. Journal of the American Pharmacists Association 2016:56(5):513-20. Read more

Panagiotoglou D, Law MR, McGrail K. Effect of Hospital Closures on Acute Care Outcomes in British Columbia, Canada: An Interrupted Time Series Study. Med Care. 2016 Aug 19. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

Lavoie JG, Wong S, Katz A, Sinclair S. Opportunities and Barriers to Rural, Remote and First Nation Health Services Research in Canada: Comparing Access to Administrative Claims Data in Manitoba and British Columbia. Healthc Policy. 2016 Aug;12(1):52-8. Read more

Evans RG. Of Mussels and Men. Healthc Policy. 2016 Aug;12(1):12-7. Read more

Lavergne MR, Law MR, Peterson S, Garrison S, Hurley J, Cheng L, McGrail K. A population-based analysis of incentive payments to primary care physicians for the care of patients with complex disease. CMAJ. 2016 Aug 15. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

Singian K, Price M, Bungay V, Wong ST. Using Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network data to examine depression in patients with a diagnosis of Parkinson disease: a retrospective cohort study. CMAJ Open 2016;4(3):E417-E423. Read more

Vujicic M. The "de-aging" of the dentist workforce. J Am Dent Assoc. 2016 Aug 3. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

Barer M, Engelhardt M, Hedden L, Mooney D. Contested Ground: Why are some policies healthy and others not? Conference Summary. Vancouver (BC): UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research; 2016. Read more

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News and Events

2017 CHSPR Health Policy Conference: Taking the Pulse of Primary Health Care Reform

CHSPR’s 29th annual health policy conference
March 9-10, 2017
Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver Harbourfront

Population Data BC Seeking Postdoc

October 2016: Population Data BC and Kim McGrail are seeking a postdoctoral fellow to lead a funded research project that will engage with the public to reform governance of access to research resources.

An Undisciplined Economist: Robert G. Evans on Health Economics, Health Care Policy, and Population Health

September 2016: For four decades Robert Evans has been Canada’s foremost health policy analyst and commentator, playing a leadership role in the development of both health economics and population health at home and internationally. An Undisciplined Economist collects Evans’ most important contributions and includes two new articles.


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