Sabrina Wong

Sabrina

Director, Centre for Health Services and Policy Research
Professor, UBC School of Nursing

sabrina.wong@nursing.ubc.ca
@sabrinawong88
(604) 827-5584

www.transformationphc.ca
spor-bcphcrn.ca


Profile

Dr. Wong’s research examines the organization and delivery of health care services within the context of primary health care. A recognized leader in research involving patient-reported quality of care, her work contributes to informing practice and system level interventions that seek to decrease health inequalities among Canadian residents, including people who face multiple disadvantages in accessing and using the health care system such as those who have language barriers and live in poverty. Her long-standing commitment to research has significantly contributed to further understanding and application of primary health care in helping to reduce health and health care inequalities.

Education

PhD, Health Services Research, Nursing, University of California, San Francisco
MSc, Community Health Nursing Administration, University of California, San Francisco
BSN, University of British Columbia

Research Interests

  • Primary health care
  • Health inequalities
  • Performance measurement and reporting
  • Integration of health services

Current Projects

  • Transforming community-based primary healthcare delivery through comprehensive performance measurement and reporting (www.transformationphc.ca)
  • Research lead, 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).
  • Co-Director, BC node of the Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network (spor-bcphcrn.ca/bc-cpcssn/). The Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network (CPCSSN) is a pan-Canadian multi-disease electronic medical record surveillance system that makes it possible to securely collect and report on vital information from Canadians’ health records to improve the way chronic diseases are managed.

Affiliations and Awards

  • Investigator, Culture, Gender and Health research unit (2004-present)
  • Affiliate, Department of Family Practice (2007-present)
  • NAPCRG (North American Primary Care Research Group) PEARL on: Continuity of Care: Does Having the Same Primary Care Provider Over Time Matter?, NAPCRG (February 2015).
  • UBC Killam Faculty Research Fellowship, UBC (2012)
  • Canadian Institute for Health Information Scholar (2012)
  • Excellence in Nursing Research, College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (2011)
  • Career Scholar, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (2005-2010)
  • Canadian Institutes for Health Research New Investigator award (2006-2011)
  • Distinguished Paper Presentation award, Society for Teachers of Family Medicine (2004)
  • Career award, National Institute on Aging (2003-2006)
  • Health Services Research award, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Foundation and the Children’s Dental Health Project (2001)

Current Graduate Students

  • Manpreet Gill, MSN/MPH Student, School of Nursing and School of Population and Public Health
  • Trish Grespan, MSN Student, School of Nursing
  • Innocent Ndateba, PhD Student, School of Nursing

Currently Recruiting Graduate Students Interested in

  • Primary health care
  • Performance measurement and reporting
  • Collaboration between public health and primary care
  • Health inequalities

Courses Currently Taught

  • NURS 505 Statistical Literacy in Nursing
  • Mixed methods in primary health care research (pan-Canadian Transdisciplinary Understanding of Research in Primary Health Care program)

Recent Publications

McDonnell L, Lavoie JG, Healy G, Wong S, Goulet S, Clark W. Non-clinical determinants of Medevacs in Nunavut: perspectives from northern health service providers and decision-makers. Int J Circumpolar Health. 2019 Feb;78(1):1571384. Read more

Lavoie JG, Wong ST, Ibrahim N, O'Neil JD, Green M, Ward A. Underutilized and undertheorized: the use of hospitalization for ambulatory care sensitive conditions for assessing the extent to which primary healthcare services are meeting needs in British Columbia First Nation communities. BMC Health Serv Res. 2019 Jan 18;19(1):50. Read more

MacEntee MI, Wong ST, Chi I, Lo ECM, Minichiello V, Soheilipour S, Mariño R. Developmental regulation of lifelong dental experiences and beliefs in Guangzhou and Hong Kong. Gerodontology. 2018 Dec 14. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

Kendall C, Fitzgerald M, Kang RS, Wong ST, Katz A, Fortin M, Dionne E, Kuluski K, O'Brien MA, Ploeg J, Crowe L, Liddy C. "Still learning and evolving in our approaches": patient and stakeholder engagement among Canadian community-based primary health care researchers. Res Involv Engagem. 2018 Dec 3;4:47. eCollection 2018. Read more

Wong ST, Langton JM, Katz A, Fortin M, Godwin M, Green M, Grunfeld E, Hassani K, Kendall C, Liddy C, Ploeg J, Wodchis WP, Haggerty JL. Promoting cross-jurisdictional primary health care research: developing a set of common indicators across 12 community-based primary health care teams in Canada. Prim Health Care Res Dev. 2018 Nov 6:1-7. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

Ben Charif A, Hassani K, Wong ST, Zomahoun HTV, Fortin M, Freitas A, Katz A, Kendall CE, Liddy C, Nicholson K, Petrovic B, Ploeg J, Légaré F. Assessment of scalability of evidence-based innovations in community-based primary health care: a cross-sectional study. CMAJ Open. 2018 Nov 2;6(4):E520-E527. Read more

Ford-Gilboe M, Wathen CN, Varcoe C, Herbert C, Jackson BE, Lavoie JG, Pauly BB, Perrin NA, Smye V, Wallace B, Wong ST, Browne AJ. How Equity-Oriented Health Care Affects Health: Key Mechanisms and Implications for Primary Health Care Practice and Policy. Milbank Q. 2018 Oct 22. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

Lavoie JG, Ward A, Wong ST, Ibrahim N, Morton D, O'Neil JD, Green M. Hospitalization for mental health related ambulatory care sensitive conditions: what are the trends for First Nations in British Columbia? Int J Equity Health. 2018 Oct 3;17(1):156. Read more

Browne AJ, Varcoe C, Ford-Gilboe M, Nadine Wathen C, Smye V, Jackson BE, Wallace B, Pauly BB, Herbert CP, Lavoie JG, Wong ST, Blanchet Garneau A. Disruption as opportunity: Impacts of an organizational health equity intervention in primary care clinics. Int J Equity Health. 2018 Sep 27;17(1):154. Read more

Thandi MKG, Phinney A, Oliffe JL, Wong S, McKay H, Sims-Gould J, Sahota S. Engaging Older Men in Physical Activity: Implications for Health Promotion Practice. Am J Mens Health. 2018 Aug 2:1557988318792158. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

Waibel S, Wong ST, Katz A, Levesque JF, Nibber R, Haggerty J. The influence of patient-clinician ethnocultural and language concordance on continuity and quality of care: a cross-sectional analysis. CMAJ Open. 2018 Jul 19;6(3):E276-E284. Read more

Wong ST, Hogg W, Burge F, Johnston S, French I, Blackman S. Using the CollaboraKTion framework to report on primary care practice recruitment and data collection: costs and successes in a cross-sectional practice-based survey in British Columbia, Ontario, and Nova Scotia, Canada. BMC Fam Pract. 2018 Jun 13;19(1):87. Read more

Valaitis R, Meagher-Stewart D, Martin-Misener R, Wong ST, MacDonald M, O'Mara L; Strengthening Primary Health Care through Primary Care and Public Health Collaboration Team. Organizational factors influencing successful primary care and public health collaboration. BMC Health Serv Res. 2018 Jun 7;18(1):420. Read more

Li A, Cronin S, Bai YQ, Walker K, Ammi M, Hogg W, Wong ST, Wodchis WP. Assessing the representativeness of physician and patient respondents to a primary care survey using administrative data. BMC Fam Pract. 2018 May 30;19(1):77. Read more

Breton M, Wong ST, Smithman MA, Kreindler S, Jbilou J, Sutherland J, Brousselle A, Shaw J, Crooks VA, Contandriopoulos D, Sasseville M, Green M. Centralized Waiting Lists for Unattached Patients in Primary Care: Learning from an Intervention Implemented in Seven Canadian Provinces. Healthc Policy. 2018 May;13(4):65-82. Read more

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