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
  • 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

McCracken R, McCormack J, McGregor M, Wong ST, Garrison S. Associations between polypharmacy and treatment intensity for hypertension and diabetes: a cross-sectional study of nursing home patients in British Columbia, Canada. BMJ Open 2017;7:e017430. Read more

Suter E, Mallinson S, Misfeldt R, Boakye O, Nasmith L, Wong ST. Advancing team-based primary health care: a comparative analysis of policies in western Canada. BMC Health Serv Res. 2017 Jul 17;17(1):493. Read more

Morkem R, Williamson T, Patten S, Queenan JA, Wong ST, Manca D, Barber D. Trends in antidepressant prescribing to children and adolescents in Canadian primary care: A time‐series analysis. Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety. 2017 Jun 8. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

Katz A, Herpai N, Smith G, Aubrey-Bassler K, Breton M, Boivin A, Hogg W, Miedema B, Pang J, Wodchis WP, Wong ST. Alignment of Canadian Primary Care With the Patient Medical Home Model: A QUALICO-PC Study. Ann Fam Med. 2017 May;15(3):230-236. Read more

Anisimowicz Y, Bowes AE, Thompson AE, Miedema B, Hogg WE, Wong ST, Katz A, Burge F, Aubrey-Bassler K, Yelland GS, Wodchis WP. Computer use in primary care practices in Canada. Can Fam Physician. 2017 May;63(5):e284-e290. Read more

Breton M, Green M, Kreindler S, Sutherland J, Jbilou J, Wong ST, Shaw J, Crooks VA, Contandriopoulos D, Smithman MA, Brousselle A. A comparative analysis of centralized waiting lists for patients without a primary care provider implemented in six Canadian provinces: study protocol. BMC Health Serv Res. 2017 Jan 21;17(1):60. Read more

Housden L, Browne AJ, Wong ST, Dawes M. Attending to power differentials: How NP-led group medical visits can influence the management of chronic conditions. Health Expect. 2017 Jan 10. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

Housden LM, Wong ST. Using Group Medical Visits With Those Who Have Diabetes: Examining the Evidence. Curr Diab Rep. 2016 Dec;16(12):134. Read more

Terry A, Stewart M, Fortin M, Wong S, Grava-Gubins I, Ashley L, Sullivan-Taylor P, Sullivan S, Thind A. Stepping Up to the Plate: An Agenda for Research and Policy Action on Electronic Medical Records in Canadian Primary Healthcare. 2016; 12(2): 19-32. 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

Housden L, Wong ST, Browne AJ, Dawes M. Complexities of introducing group medical visits with nurse practitioners in British Columbia. Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice. 2016 Nov;17(4):198-207. Read more

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

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