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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

Health of patients on the waiting list: Opportunity to improve health in Canada?

Jason Sutherland and colleagues measured health status, pain and depression of patients on waiting lists for elective surgeries, finding a wide array of morbidity with implications for immediate health and long-term surgical outcomes.

Sutherland JM, Crump RT, Chan A, Liu G, Yue E, Bair M. Health Policy. 2016 May 3. [Epub ahead of print]
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Recent Publications

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

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

Sutherland JM, Busse R. Canada: Focus on a country's health system with provincial diversity. Health Policy. 2016 Jul;120(7):729-31. Read more

Crump RT, Liu G, Janjua A, Sutherland JM. Analyzing the 22-item Sino-Nasal Outcome Test using item response theory. Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2016 Jun 9.  Read more

Crump RT, Liu G, Chase M, Sutherland JM. Patient-reported outcomes and surgical triage: A gap in patient-centered care? Qual Life Res. 2016 Jun 6. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

Sutherland JM, Crump RT, Chan A, Liu G, Yue E, Bair M. Health of patients on the waiting list: Opportunity to improve health in Canada? Health Policy. 2016 May 3. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

McKay R, Mah A, Law M, McGrail K, Patrick DM. Systematic Review of Factors Associated with Antibiotic Prescribing for Respiratory Tract Infections. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2016 May 2. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

Lavergne MR, Barer M, Law MR, Wong ST, Peterson S, McGrail K. Examining regional variation in health care spending in British Columbia, Canada. Health Policy. 2016 Apr 20. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

Sivananthan S, McGrail K. Diagnosis and Disruption: Population-Level Analysis Identifying Points of Care at Which Transitions Are Highest for People with Dementia and Factors That Contribute to Them. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2016; 64:569–577. Read more

McGrail K, Lavergne R, Lewis S. The chronic disease explosion: artificial bang or empirical whimper? BMJ. 2016 Mar;352:i1312. Read more

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News and Events

CIHR Grant Successes

July 2016: CHSPR faculty member Michael Law has been awarded a Foundation Grant for his project Improving Access to Medicines in Canada and Abroad and CHSPR faculty member Kim McGrail a Project Grant for her project Filling the Void: Public Engagement Around a New Model for Access to Research Resources. Congratulations also to all other award recipients!

International Population Data Linkage Conference

August 24-26, 2016
Swansea, Wales

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

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