Jason Sutherland


Faculty, Centre for Health Services and Policy Research
Associate Professor, UBC School of Population and Public Health

(604) 822-6812


Dr. Jason M. Sutherland is an Associate Professor in the Center for Health Services and Policy Research (CHSPR) in the UBC Faculty of Medicine, School of Population and Public Health, and is a Scholar of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research.

Dr. Sutherland has extensive experience in methods, evaluation and health policy. He has recently been a Senior Researcher at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) where he conducted research on the performance of health delivery systems. Dr. Sutherland was also Canada’s 2012/2013 Harkness Fellow for Health Policy and Clinical Practice at the Office of the Assistant to the Secretary for Health Policy and Evaluation (ASPE) of the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C. There, Dr Sutherland evaluated aspects of funding policy reforms, notably bundled payments, introduced by the Affordable Care Act. Dr. Sutherland’s current interests include studying health system performance, methods for improving cross-continuum care, variations in expenditure and utilization patterns and accounting for differences in efficiency, health status and quality of care.

Dr. Sutherland’s current and recent research projects include: studying the effects of changing the incentives of hospital funding, and investigating the links between funding policy and patient reported health outcomes (PROMS). He is currently an associate editor of Health Policy, an international journal for health policy research. Before joining UBC, Jason was an Assistant Professor at Dartmouth College within The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (2007-2009), and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Biostatistics, at Indiana University and Assistant Research Scientist at the Center of Excellence on Implementing Evidence Based Practice, Roudebush Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center in Indianapolis, Indiana.


PhD, Statistics, Simon Fraser University, 2003
MSc, Statistics, Simon Fraser University, 1997
BA, Mathematics, University of British Columbia, 1992

Research Interests

  • Development of methods for monitoring and evaluating health system performance
  • Measuring burden of illness
  • Exploring causes and consequences of variations in health system utilization and funding

Affiliations and Awards

  • Executive Committee, Patient Classification Systems International (2006-Present)
  • Advisory Committee Member, Canadian Institute for Health Information, Case Mix Advisory Group/Technical Working Group, Ottawa, Canada (2004-Present)
  • Advisory Committee Member, Canadian Institute for Health Information, Ambulatory Care Case Mix Redevelopment Project, Ottawa, Canada (2009-Present)

Current Graduate Students

  • Scally Chu, MSc Student, School of Population and Public Health
  • Zuzanna Kurzawa, MSc Student, School of Population and Public Health
  • Lynn Mawunganidze, PhD Student, School of Population and Public Health

Currently Recruiting Graduate Students Interested in

  • Developing methods for monitoring and evaluating health system performance
  • Evaluating hospital cost structure
  • Measuring burden of illness
  • Continuity of care and case mix measurement

Courses Currently Taught

SPPH 581C Methods for Analyzing Routinely Collected Data

Recent Publications

Crump RT, Lai E, Liu G, Janjua A, Sutherland JM. Establishing utility values for the 22-item Sino-Nasal Outcome Test (SNOT-22) using a crosswalk to the EuroQol-five-dimensional questionnaire-three-level version (EQ-5D-3L). Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2017 Feb 9. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

Breton M, Green M, Kreindler S, Sutherland J, Jbilou J, Wong ST, Shaw J, Crooks VA, Contandriopoulos D, Smithman MA, Brousselle A. A comparative analysis of centralized waiting lists for patients without a primary care provider implemented in six Canadian provinces: study protocol. BMC Health Serv Res. 2017 Jan 21;17(1):60. Read more

Sutherland J, Hellsten E. Integrated Funding: Connecting the Silos for the Healthcare We Need. Toronto, ON: C.D. Howe Institute, 2017. 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

Sutherland JM, Liu G, Crump RT, Law M. Paying for volume: British Columbia's experiment with funding hospitals based on activity. Health Policy. 2016 Sep 24. [Epub ahead of print] 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

Sobolev B, Guy P, Sheehan KJ, Kuramoto L, Bohm E, Beaupre L, Sutherland JM, Dunbar M, Griesdale D, Morin SN, Harvey E; Canadian Collaborative Study on Hip Fractures. Time trends in hospital stay after hip fracture in Canada, 2004-2012: database study. Arch Osteoporos. 2016 Dec;11(1):13. Epub 2016 Mar 7. Read more

Hellsten E, Chu S, Crump RT, Yu K, Sutherland JM. New pricing approaches for bundled payments: Leveraging clinical standards and regional variations to target avoidable utilization. Health Policy. 2016 Mar;120(3):316-26. Read more

Hellsten E, Liu G, Yue E, Gao G, Sutherland JM. Improving hospital quality through payment reforms: A policy impact analysis in British Columbia. Healthc Manage Forum. 2016 Jan;29(1):33-8. Read more

Sheehan KJ, Sobolev B, Guy P, Bohm E, Hellsten E, Sutherland JM, Kuramoto L, Jaglal S; Canadian Collaborative Study on Hip Fractures. Constructing an episode of care from acute hospitalization records for studying effects of timing of hip fracture surgery. J Orthop Res. 2015 Jul 29. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

Zillich AJ, Jaynes HA, Bex SD, Boldt AS, Walston CM, Ramsey DC, Sutherland JM, Bravata DM. Evaluation of pharmacist care for hypertension in the Veterans Affairs patient-centered medical home: a retrospective case-control study. Am J Med. 2015 May;128(5):539.e1-6.  Read more

Coe MP, Sutherland JM, Penner MJ, Younger A, Wing KJ. Minimal clinically important difference and the effect of clinical variables on the ankle osteoarthritis scale in surgically treated end-stage ankle arthritis. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2015 May 20;97(10):818-23.  Read more

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