Kim McGrail

Kim

Faculty, Centre for Health Services and Policy Research
Scientific Director, Population Data BC
Data Director, BC Academic Health Sciences Network
Associate Professor, UBC School of Population and Public Health

kim.mcgrail@ubc.ca
(778) 998-3821


Profile

Kimberlyn McGrail, PhD, is faculty with the UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, Scientific Director of Population Data BC, Data Director of the BC Academic Health Sciences Network, an associate professor at the University of British Columbia School of Population and Public Health, and an associate with the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation. Kim’s current research interests are in evaluation of health system policy interventions, aging and the use and cost of health care services, and governance of access to data for research purposes. Her research is conducted in collaboration with policy and decision makers, including the BC Ministry of Health, BC’s Health Authorities, Canada Health Infoway, the Institute for Health System Transformation and Sustainability, and the Canadian Institute for Health Information. Kim was the 2009-10 Commonwealth Fund Harkness Associate in Health Care Policy and Practice. She holds a PhD in Health Care and Epidemiology from the University of British Columbia, and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Michigan.

Research Interests

  • Evaluations of policy interventions in health care systems
  • Aging and use and cost of health care services
  • Health care financing and equity
  • Governance of access to data for research purposes
  • Emerging interests in big data, visual analytics

Current Projects

  • Evaluation of the accelerated integrated and primary care initiatives
  • Evaluation of the “Better at Home” program that provides support for non-medical determinants of health
  • Evaluation of the Home ViVE program based in Vancouver Coastal Health
  • Evaluation of the effects of incentive payments to BC primary care physicians for chronic disease management
  • Evaluation of e-health visits in BC
  • Transforming community-based primary healthcare delivery through comprehensive performance measurement and reporting (www.transformationphc.ca)
  • BC Primary Health Care Research Network, one of the Strategy for Patient Oriented Research Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovation Network nodes. The BC PHCRN aims to seek out, develop, and facilitate adoption of health care innovations to improve BC’s health care delivery system (spor-bcphcrn.ca).

Affiliations and Awards

Current Graduate Students

Primary Supervisor
  • Vanessa Brcic, MSc Student, School of Population and Public Health
  • Shiraz El-Adam, MSc Student, School of Population and Public Health
  • Julia Kaal, PhD Student, School of Population and Public Health
  • Sophie Kitchen, MSc Student, School of Population and Public Health
  • Suzie Maginley, PhD Student, School of Population and Public Health
  • Maeve Wickham, PhD Student, School of Population and Public Health
Committee Member
  • Bjosi Gamontle, School of Population and Public Health
  • Angela Yao, School of Population and Public Health
  • Sandra Marquis, University of Victoria
  • Sara Clemens, University of Toronto
Other Mentoring
  • Alexandra Choi, Public Health and Preventive Medicine Resident, School of Population and Public Health

Courses Currently Taught

  • SPPH 531 Health Care Systems Analysis

Recent Publications

Woods RR, McGrail KM, Kliewer EV, Kazanjian A, Mar C, Kan L, Sam J, Spinelli JJ. Breast screening participation and retention among immigrants and nonimmigrants in British Columbia: A population-based study. Cancer Med. 2018 Jul 9. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

Lavergne MR, Hedden L, Law M, McGrail K, Ahuja M, Barer M. The impact of the 2008/2009 financial crisis on specialist physician activity in Canada. Health Econ. 2018 Jun 19. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

Seow H, Qureshi D, Barbera L, McGrail K, Lawson B, Burge F, Sutradhar R. Benchmarking time to initiation of end-of-life homecare nursing: a population-based cancer cohort study in regions across Canada. BMC Palliat Care. 2018 May 4;17(1):70. Read more

McGregor MJ, Cox MB, Slater JM, Poss J, McGrail KM, Ronald LA, Sloan J, Schulzer M. A before-after study of hospital use in two frail populations receiving different home-based services over the same time in Vancouver, Canada. BMC Health Serv Res. 2018 Apr 5;18(1):248. Read more

McGrail K, Jones K, Akbari A, Bennett T, Boyd A, Carinci F, Cui X, Denaxas S, Dougall N, Ford D, Kirby RS, Kum HC, Moorin R, Moran R, O'Keefe C, Preen D, Quan H, Sanmartin C, Schull M, Smith M, Williams C, Williamson T, Wyper G, Kotelchuck M. A Position Statement on Population Data Science: The science of data about people. International Journal of Population Data Science. 2018 Feb:3(1). Read more

Seow H, Arora A, Barbera L, McGrail K, Lawson B, Burge F, Sutradhar R. Does access to end-of-life homecare nursing differ by province and community size?: A population-based cohort study of cancer decedents across Canada. Health Policy. 2017 Dec 13. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

Hedden L, Lavergne MR, McGrail KM, Law MR, Cheng L, Ahuja MA, Barer ML. Patterns of physician retirement and pre-retirement activity: a population-based cohort study. CMAJ. 2017 Dec 11;189(49):E1517-E1523. Read more

McGrail K, Ahuja M. What is Bending the Cost Curve? An Exploration of Possible Drivers and Unintended Consequences. Healthc Policy. 2017 Nov;13(2):20-30. Read more

Lavergne MR, Law MR, Peterson S, Garrison S, Hurley J, Cheng L, McGrail K. Effect of incentive payments on chronic disease management and health services use in British Columbia, Canada: Interrupted time series analysis. Health Policy. 2017 Nov 10. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

Hedden L, Barer M, McGrail K, Law M, Bourgeault I. In British Columbia, the supply of primary care physicians grew, but their rate of clinical activity declined. Health Aff (Millwood). 2017 Nov;36(11):1904-1911. Read more

Wong ST, Johnston S, Burge F, McGrail K, Hogg W. Measuring Patient Experiences: Is It Meaningful and Actionable? Healthc Pap. 2017 Oct;17(2):22-29. Read more

Contandriopoulos D, Benoît F, Bryant-Lukosius D, Carrier A, Carter N, Deber R, Duhoux A, Greenhalgh T, Larouche C, Leclerc BS, Levy A, Martin-Misener R, Maximova K, McGrail K, Nykiforuk C, Roos N, Schwartz R, Valente TW, Wong S, Lindquist E, Pullen C, Lardeux A, Perroux M. Structural analysis of health-relevant policy-making information exchange networks in Canada. Implement Sci. 2017 Sep 20;12(1):116. Read more

McGregor MJ, Slater J, Sloan J, McGrail KM, Martin-Matthews A, Berg S, Plecash A, Sloss L, Trimble J, Murphy JM. How's Your Health at Home: Frail Homebound Patients Reported Health Experience and Outcomes. Can J Aging. 2017 Sep;36(3):273-285. Read more

McGrail KM, Ahuja MA, Leaver CA. Virtual Visits and Patient-Centered Care: Results of a Patient Survey and Observational Study. J Med Internet Res. 2017 May 26;19(5):e177. Read more

Law M, Cheng L, Worthington H, Mamdani M, McGrail K, Chan F, Majumdar S. Impact of income-based deductibles on drug use and health care utilization among older adults. 2017 May 15; 189(19). Read more

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