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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

Many Canadians borrowing money to pay for prescription drugs

CHSPR researchers have found that an estimated 731,000 Canadians have to borrow money in order to pay for drugs prescribed by their physician. Canadians who reported borrowing tended to be younger, had lower household income, chronic medical conditions, and no prescription drug insurance.

“We knew that many Canadians cannot afford their prescription drugs. These new findings suggest that many people are going into debt to cover the costs of their prescription medications every year,” said the study’s lead author Ashra Kolhatkar. The senior author, CHSPR faculty member Mike Law, suggests that policy interventions be considered for patients who are struggling to pay for prescription drugs. View news release

Kolhatkar A, Cheng L, Morgan SG, Goldsmith LJ, Dhalla IA, Holbrook AM, Law MR. Patterns of borrowing to finance out-of-pocket prescription drug costs in Canada: a descriptive analysis. CMAJ Open. 2018 Nov 19;6(4):E544-E550. Read more


Recent Publications

Sutherland JM, Mok J, Liu G, Crump T, Wing K, Younger A, Penner M, Veljkovic A. Cost-Utility Study of the Economics of Bunion Correction Surgery. Foot Ankle Int. 2018 Dec 17:1071100718815663. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

MacEntee MI, Wong ST, Chi I, Lo ECM, Minichiello V, Soheilipour S, Mariño R. Developmental regulation of lifelong dental experiences and beliefs in Guangzhou and Hong Kong. Gerodontology. 2018 Dec 14. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

Sheehan KJ, Levy AR, Sobolev B, Guy P, Tang M, Kuramoto L, Sutherland JM, Beaupre L, Morin SN, Harvey E, Bradley N; Canadian Collaborative Study of Hip Fractures. Operationalising a conceptual framework for a contiguous hospitalisation episode to study associations between surgical timing and death after first hip fracture: a Canadian observational study. BMJ Open. 2018 Dec 6;8(12):e020372. Read more

Kendall C, Fitzgerald M, Kang RS, Wong ST, Katz A, Fortin M, Dionne E, Kuluski K, O'Brien MA, Ploeg J, Crowe L, Liddy C. "Still learning and evolving in our approaches": patient and stakeholder engagement among Canadian community-based primary health care researchers. Res Involv Engagem. 2018 Dec 3;4:47. eCollection 2018. Read more

Kolhatkar A, Cheng L, Morgan SG, Goldsmith LJ, Dhalla IA, Holbrook AM, Law MR. Patterns of borrowing to finance out-of-pocket prescription drug costs in Canada: a descriptive analysis. CMAJ Open. 2018 Nov 19;6(4):E544-E550. Read more

Khayatzadeh-Mahani A, Nolte E, Sutherland J, Forest PG. International experiments with different models of allocating funds to facilitate integrated care: a scoping review protocol. BMJ Open. 2018 Nov 15;8(11):e021374. Read more

Wong ST, Langton JM, Katz A, Fortin M, Godwin M, Green M, Grunfeld E, Hassani K, Kendall C, Liddy C, Ploeg J, Wodchis WP, Haggerty JL. Promoting cross-jurisdictional primary health care research: developing a set of common indicators across 12 community-based primary health care teams in Canada. Prim Health Care Res Dev. 2018 Nov 6:1-7. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

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CHSPR Seminar | Propensity Score Matching

Michael Law
Jan 17, 2019
School of Population and Public Health

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March 7-8, 2019
Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver Harbourfront


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