Health Services Utilization

Publications authored by CHSPR faculty and staff from 2009 to the present are listed here. Older peer-reviewed publications are usually available from individual journals and can be searched for using PubMed. Older reports published by CHSPR (from 1973) are available from the UBC Library cIRcle database. If you cannot find a specific publication, please contact us.


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

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

McGrail K, Lavergne R, Lewis S. The chronic disease explosion: artificial bang or empirical whimper? BMJ. 2016 Mar;352:i1312. Read more

Sobolev B, Guy P, Sheehan KJ, Kuramoto L, Bohm E, Beaupre L, Sutherland JM, Dunbar M, Griesdale D, Morin SN, Harvey E; Canadian Collaborative Study on Hip Fractures. Time trends in hospital stay after hip fracture in Canada, 2004-2012: database study. Arch Osteoporos. 2016 Dec;11(1):13. Epub 2016 Mar 7. Read more

Hellsten E, Chu S, Crump RT, Yu K, Sutherland JM. New pricing approaches for bundled payments: Leveraging clinical standards and regional variations to target avoidable utilization. Health Policy. 2016 Mar;120(3):316-26. 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

Gladstone EJ, Smolina K, Weymann D, Rutherford K, Morgan SG. Geographic Variations in Prescription Opioid Dispensations and Deaths Among Women and Men in British Columbia, Canada. Med Care. 2015 Nov;53(11):954-9. Read more

Sivananthan SN. Diagnosis & disruption : understanding guideline-consistent dementia care and patterns of transitions experienced by individuals with dementia (T). University of British Columbia; 2015. Read more

Lavergne MR. Understanding geographic variation in health care costs in British Columbia (T). University of British Columbia; 2015. Read more

McGregor MJ, McGrail KM, Abu-Laban RB, Ronald LA, Baumbusch J, Andrusiek D, Cox MB. Emergency department visit rates and patterns in Canada's Vancouver coastal health region. Can J Aging. 2014 Jun;33(2):154-62. Read more

McGregor MJ, Abu-Laban RB, Ronald LA, McGrail KM, Andrusiek D, Baumbusch J, Cox MB, Salomons K, Schulzer M, Kuramoto L. Nursing home characteristics associated with resident transfers to emergency departments. Can J Aging. 2014 Mar;33(1):38-48. Read more

Moore SE, McGrail KM, Peterson S, Raval MJ, Karimuddin AA, Phang PT, Bressler B, Brown CJ. Infliximab in ulcerative colitis: the impact of preoperative treatment on rates of colectomy and prescribing practices in the province of British Columbia, Canada. Dis Colon Rectum. 2014 Jan;57(1):83-90. Read more

Morgan S, Smolina K, Mooney D, Raymond C, Bowen M, Gorczynski C, Rutherford K. Canadian Rx atlas. 3rd edition. Vancouver (BC): UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research; Dec 2013. Read more

McGrail KM, Lilly MB, McGregor MJ, Broemeling AM, Salomons K, Peterson S, McKendry R, Barer ML. Health care services use in assisted living: a time series analysis. Can J Aging. 2013 Jun;32(2):173-83. Read more

Kozhimannil K, Law MR, Virnig B. Cesarean delivery rates vary tenfold among US hospitals; reducing variation may address quality and cost issues. Health Aff (Millwood). 2013 Mar;32(3):527-35. Read more

Lavergne MR, McGrail K. What, if anything, does amenable mortality tell us about regional health system performance? Healthc Policy. 2013 Feb;8(3):79-90. Read more

McGrail KM, Lilly M, McGregor MJ, Broemeling A, Salomons K, Peterson S, McKendry R, Barer M. Who uses assisted living in British Columbia? : an initial exploration. Vancouver (BC): UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research; 2012. Read more

Sivananthan SN, Peterson S, Lavergne R, Barer ML, McGrail KM. Designation, diligence and drift: understanding laboratory expenditure increases in British Columbia, 1996/97 to 2005/06.  BMC Health Serv Res. 2012 Dec 21;12:472. Read more

McGrail K. How do they do that?: what can we learn from Everett, Washington about improving quality and outcomes without increasing costs? Vancouver (BC): UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research; Aug 2011. Read more