Sabrina Wong


Director, Centre for Health Services and Policy Research
Professor, UBC School of Nursing
(604) 827-5584


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.


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 (
  • 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 (
  • Co-Director, BC node of the Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network ( 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
  • Simran Sahota, MSN Student, School of Nursing
  • Monica Swanson, MSN 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

Browne A, Varcoe C, Lavoie J, Smye V, Wong S, Krause M, Tu D, Godwin O, Khan K, Fridkin A. Enhancing health care equity with Indigenous populations: evidence-based strategies from an ethnographic study. BMC Health Serv Res. 2016 Oct 4;16(1):544. Read more

Lavoie JG, Wong S, Katz A, Sinclair S. Opportunities and Barriers to Rural, Remote and First Nation Health Services Research in Canada: Comparing Access to Administrative Claims Data in Manitoba and British Columbia. Healthc Policy. 2016 Aug;12(1):52-8. Read more

Singian K, Price M, Bungay V, Wong ST. Using Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network data to examine depression in patients with a diagnosis of Parkinson disease: a retrospective cohort study. CMAJ Open 2016;4(3):E417-E423. Read more

Hogg WE, Wong ST, Burge F. Statistical research: lost in translation? If you want to get doctors onside, speak their language. Can Fam Physician. 2016 Jun;62(6):524. 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

Miedema B, Easley J, Thompson AE, Boivin A, Aubrey-Bassler K, Katz A, Hogg WE, Breton M, Francoeur D, Wong ST, Wodchis WP. Do new and traditional models of primary care differ with regard to access?: Canadian QUALICOPC study. Can Fam Physician. 2016 Jan;62(1):54-61. Read more

Levesque JF, Haggerty JL, Hogg W, Burge F, Wong ST, Katz A, Grimard D, Weenink JW, Pineault R. Barriers and Facilitators for Primary Care Reform in Canada: Results from a Deliberative Synthesis across Five Provinces. Healthc Policy. 2015 Nov;11(2):44-57. Read more

Wong ST, Browne A, Lavoie J, Macleod ML, Chongo M, Ulrich C. Incorporating Group Medical Visits into Primary Healthcare: Are There Benefits? Healthc Policy. 2015 Nov;11(2):27-42. Read more

Sanghera R, Wong ST, Brown H. A cross-sectional analysis of perinatal depressive symptoms among Punjabi-speaking women: are they at risk? BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2015 Jul 22;15:151. Read more

Tang EW, Go J, Kwok A, Leung B, Lauck S, Wong ST, Taipale PG, Ratner PA. The relationship between language proficiency and surgical length of stay following cardiac bypass surgery. Eur J Cardiovasc Nurs. 2015 Jul 21. 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

Yin D, Wong ST, Chen W, Xin Q, Wang L, Cui M, Yin T, Li R, Zheng X, Yang H, Yu J, Chen B, Yang W. A model to estimate the cost of the National Essential Public Health Services Package in Beijing, China. BMC Health Serv Res. 2015 Jun 6;15:222.  Read more

Birtwhistle R, Barber D, Drummond N, Godwin M, Greiver M, Singer A, Lussier MT, Manca D, Natarajan N, Terry A, Wong S, Martin RE, Mangin D. Horses and buggies have some advantages over cars, but no one is turning back. Can Fam Physician. 2015 May;61(5):416-9.  Read more

Hogg WE, Wodchis WP, Katz A, Wong ST, Cullen R, Yelland G. Bringing Canada together: Effective organizational structure for multijurisdictional health services research projects. Can Fam Physician. 2015 May;61(5):403-5, 411-3. Read more

Wong ST, Chau LW, Hogg W, Teare GF, Miedema B, Breton M, Aubrey-Bassler K, Katz A, Burge F, Boivin A, Cooke T, Francoeur D, Wodchis WP. An international cross-sectional survey on the Quality and Costs of Primary Care (QUALICO-PC): recruitment and data collection of places delivering primary care across Canada. BMC Fam Pract. 2015 Feb 18;16:20. Read more

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