Kim McGrail


Faculty, Centre for Health Services and Policy Research
Scientific Director, Population Data BC
Associate Professor, UBC School of Population and Public Health
(778) 998-3821


Kimberlyn McGrail, PhD, is faculty with the UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, Scientific Director for Population Data BC, 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 (
  • 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 (

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
  • 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
  • Rachel McKay, 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
  • Nicholas Vagelatos, MHSc Student and Family Practice Resident, School of Population and Public Health
  • 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

Hohl CM, Partovi N, Ghement I, Wickham ME, McGrail K, Reddekopp LN, Sobolev B. Impact of early in-hospital medication review by clinical pharmacists on health services utilization. PLoS One. 2017 Feb 13;12(2):e0170495. Read more

Panagiotoglou D, Law MR, McGrail K. Effect of Hospital Closures on Acute Care Outcomes in British Columbia, Canada: An Interrupted Time Series Study. Med Care. 2017 Jan;55(1):50-56. Read more

Langton J, Wong S, Johnston S, Abelson J, Ammi M, Burge F, Campbell J, Haggerty J, Hogg W, Wodchis W, McGrail K. Primary Care Performance Measurement and Reporting at a Regional Level: Could a Matrix Approach Provide Actionable Information for Policy Makers and Clinicians? Healthcare Policy. 2016; 12(2): 33-51. Read more

Barer M, Stoddart G, McGrail K, McLeod C, editors. An Undisciplined Economist: Robert G. Evans on Health Economics, Health Care Policy, and Population Health. Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press; 2016. Read more

Lavergne MR, Law MR, Peterson S, Garrison S, Hurley J, Cheng L, McGrail K. A population-based analysis of incentive payments to primary care physicians for the care of patients with complex disease. CMAJ. 2016 Aug 15. [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

Seow H, Sutradhar R, McGrail K, Fassbender K, Pataky R, Lawson B, Sussman J, Burge F, Barbera L. End-of-Life Cancer Care: Temporal Association between Homecare Nursing and Hospitalizations. J Palliat Med. 2015 Dec 16. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

McGregor MJ, Murphy JM, Poss JW, McGrail KM, Kuramoto L, Huang HC, Bryan S. 24/7 Registered Nurse Staffing Coverage in Saskatchewan Nursing Homes and Acute Hospital Use. Can J Aging. 2015 Nov 16:1-14. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

Seow H, Barbera L, Pataky R, Lawson B, O'Leary E, Fassbender K, McGrail K, Burge F, Brouwers M, Sutradhar R. Does Increasing Homecare Nursing Reduce Emergency Department Visits at the End of Life? A Population-Based Cohort Study of Cancer Decedents. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2015 Oct 26. Read more

Barbera L, Seow H, Sutradhar R, Chu A, Burge F, Fassbender K, McGrail K, Lawson B, Liu Y, Pataky R, Potapov A. Quality of end-of-life cancer care in Canada: a retrospective four-province study using administrative health care data. Curr Oncol. 2015 Oct;22(5):341-55. Read more

Sivananthan SN, Lavergne MR, McGrail KM. Caring for dementia: A population-based study examining variations in guideline-consistent medical care. Alzheimers Dement. 2015 Aug;11(8):906-16. Read more

Langton J, McGrail K, Wong S. Workshop Summary: A Matrix Approach to Primary Care Performance Measurement: Developing a High Quality Information System Aligned with Modern Primary Care Practice. Vancouver (BC): UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research; July 2015. Read more

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