Kim McGrail

Faculty, Centre for Health Services and Policy Research
Scientific Director, SPOR Canadian Data Platform
Scientific Director, Population Data BC
Data Director, BC Academic Health Sciences Network
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 the Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research Canadian Data Platform, Scientific Director of Population Data BC, Data Director of the BC Academic Health Sciences Network, Professor at the UBC 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; clinicians; and the public. Kim was the 2009-10 Commonwealth Fund Harkness Associate in Health Care Policy and Practice, a 2016 recipient of the Cortlandt JG Mackenzie Prize for Excellence in Teaching, and a 2017 recipient of a UBC award for Excellence in Clinical or Applied Research. She holds a PhD in Health Care and Epidemiology from UBC, 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
  • 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
  • Seles Yung, MSc Student, School of Population and Public Health
Committee Member
  • 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

Teng J, Bentley C, Burgess MM, O'Doherty KC, McGrail KM. Sharing linked data sets for research: results from a deliberative public engagement event in British Columbia, Canada. International Journal of Population Data Science. 2019 May 7;4(1). Read more

Brehaut JC, Guèvremont A, Arim RG, Garner RE, Miller AR, McGrail KM, Brownell M, Lach LM, Rosenbaum PL, Kohen DE. Changes in Caregiver Health in the Years Surrounding the Birth of a Child With Health Problems: Administrative Data From British Columbia. Med Care. 2019 May;57(5):369-376. Read more

Woods RR, Kliewer EV, McGrail KM, Spinelli JJ. Breast cancer incidence by country of birth among immigrant women in British Columbia, Canada. Cancer Epidemiol. 2019 May 1;60:174-178. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

McGrail K, Ahuja M, Huang X, Law M, Wong S, Harrison M, McGregor M, Berg S, Bryan S, Mitton C. An Evaluation of the Accelerated Integrated Primary and Community Care Initiatives. Vancouver, BC: UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research; April 2019. Read more

Brehaut JC, Guèvremont A, Arim RG, Garner RE, Miller AR, McGrail KM, Brownell M, Lach LM, Rosenbaum PL, Kohen DE.. Using Canadian administrative health data to measure the health of caregivers of children with and without health problems: A demonstration of feasibility. International Journal of Population Data Science. 2019 Apr 2;4(1). Read more

Law MR, Cheng L, Worthington H, Majumdar SR, McGrail KM, Chan F, Laba TL, Mamdani M. Impact of a household-level deductible on prescription drug use among lower-income adults: a quasi-experimental study. CMAJ Open. 2019 Mar 29;7(1):E167-E173. Read more

Brehaut JC, Guèvremont A, Arim RG, Garner RE, Miller AR, McGrail KM, Brownell M, Lach LM, Rosenbaum PL, Kohen DE. Changes in Caregiver Health in the Years Surrounding the Birth of a Child With Health Problems: Administrative Data From British Columbia. Med Care. 2019 Mar 22. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

Hedden L, Lavergne MR, McGrail KM, Law MR, Bourgeault IL, McCracken R, Barer ML. Trends in Providing Out-of-Office, Urgent After-Hours, and On-Call Care in British Columbia. Ann Fam Med. 2019 Mar;17(2):116-124. Read more

McKay R, Law M, McGrail K, Balshaw R, Reyes R, Patrick DM. What can we learn by examining variations in the use of urine culture in the management of acute cystitis? A retrospective cohort study with linked administrative data in British Columbia, Canada, 2005-2011. PLoS One. 2019 Mar 8;14(3):e0213534. Read more

Chan FKI, McGrail K, Majumdar SR, Law MR. Changes in employer-sponsored private health insurance among retirees in Ontario: a cross-sectional study. CMAJ Open. 2019 Jan 21;7(1):E15-E22. Read more

Hedden L, Lavergne MR, McGrail KM, Law MR, Cheng L, Ahuja MA, Barer ML. Will the Real Physician Retirees Please Stand Up? Healthc Policy. 2018 Nov;14(2):32-39. Read more

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

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