Kim McGrail

Faculty, Centre for Health Services and Policy Research

Scientific Director, Health Data Research Network Canada (and SPOR Canadian Data Platform)
Scientific Director, Population Data BC
Director of Research, UBC Health
Professor, UBC School of Population and Public Health

kim.mcgrail@ubc.ca
(778) 998-3821


Profile

Kimberlyn McGrail, PhD, is Faculty with the UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, Scientific Director of the Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research Canadian Data Platform, Scientific Director of Population Data BC, Director of Research at UBC Health, Professor at the UBC 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 all aspects of population data science. 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; clinicians; and the public. Kim is Deputy Editor of the International Journal of Population Data Science, a 2016 recipient of the Cortlandt JG Mackenzie Prize for Excellence in Teaching, a 2017 recipient of a UBC award for Excellence in Clinical or Applied Research, and was the 2009-10 Commonwealth Fund Harkness Associate in Health Care Policy and Practice. She holds a PhD in Health Care and Epidemiology from UBC, and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Michigan.

Research Interests

  • Evaluations of policy interventions
  • Aging, use and cost of health care services, and health care financing
  • Equity
  • Population data science

Current Projects

Affiliations and Awards

  • 2017 recipient of a UBC award for Excellence in Clinical or Applied Research
  • 2016 recipient of the Cortlandt JG Mackenzie Prize for Excellence in Teaching
  • Honorary Research Fellow, Swansea University, Wales, UK
  • Associate, Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation
  • 2009/10 Commonwealth Fund Canadian Harkness Associate in Health Care Policy and Practice
  • Founding member, International Population Data Linkage Network
  • Statistics Canada Post-Doctoral Fellow
  • CIHR Post-Doctoral Fellow (declined)
  • CIHR Doctoral Research Award

Current Graduate Students

Primary Supervisor
  • Vanessa Brcic, MSc student, School of Population and Public Health
  • Cisco Grajales, PhD student, Interdisciplinary Studies (with James Tansey)
  • Julia Kaal, PhD student, School of Population and Public Health
  • Suzie Maginley, PhD student, School of Population and Public Health
  • Jeffrey Morgan, PhD student, School of Population and Public Health (with Seonaid Nolan)
  • Maeve Wickham, PhD student, School of Population and Public Health (with Corinne Hohl)
  • Seles Yung, MSc student, School of Population and Public Health
Committee Member
  • Shania Au, MSc student, School of Population and Public Health
  • Kimberly Sharpe, PhD student, School of Population and Public Health
Other Mentoring
  • Laura Schummers, Pathways to Patient Oriented Research Fellow (with Wendy Norman)
  • Deepa Singal, Health System Impact Fellow (post-doctoral) (with Stirling Bryan)
  • Logan Trenaman, Pathways to Patient Oriented Research Fellow (with Nick Bansback and others)

Courses Currently Taught

  • SPPH 531 Health Care Systems Analysis

Recent Publications

Poss J, McGrail K, McGregor MJ, Ronald LA. Long-Term Care Facility Ownership and Acute Hospital Service Use in British Columbia, Canada: A Retrospective Cohort Study. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2020 Jul 6:S1525-8610(20)30366-2. Online ahead of print. Read more

Yao J, Brauer M, Wei J, McGrail KM, Johnston FH, Henderson SB. Sub-Daily Exposure to Fine Particulate Matter and Ambulance Dispatches during Wildfire Seasons: A Case-Crossover Study in British Columbia, Canada. Environ Health Perspect. 2020 Jun;128(6):67006. Epub 2020 Jun 24. Read more

Langton JM, Wong ST, Burge F, Choi A, Ghaseminejad-Tafreshi N, Johnston S, Katz A, Lavergne R, Mooney D, Peterson S, McGrail K. Population Segments as a Tool for Health Care Performance Reporting: An Exploratory Study in the Canadian Province of British Columbia. BMC Fam Pract. 2020 May 31;21(1):98. Read more

Laba TL, Cheng L, Worthington HC, McGrail KM, Chan FKI, Mamdani M, Law MR. What happens to drug use and expenditure when cost sharing is completely removed? Evidence from a Canadian provincial public drug plan. Health Policy. 2020 May 23:S0168-8510(18)30587-6. Online ahead of print. Read more

McGrail K, Lavergne MR, Ahuja M, Yung S, Peterson S. Patient and primary care physician characteristics associated with billing incentives for chronic diseases in British Columbia: a retrospective cohort study. CMAJ Open; May 5, 2020: E319-E327. Read more

Kitchen SA, McGrail K, Wickham ME, Law MR, Hohl CM. Emergency department-based medication review on outpatient health services utilization: interrupted time series. BMC Health Serv Res. 2020 Mar 26;20(1):254. Read more

Wong ST, Johnston S, Burge F, McGrail K. Value in Primary Healthcare - Measuring What Matters? Healthc Pap. 2019 Dec;18(4):58-67. Read more

Hedden L, Munro S, McGrail KM, Law MR, Bourgeault IL, Barer ML. Is attending birth dying out? Trends in obstetric care provision among primary care physicians in British Columbia. Can Fam Physician. 2019 Dec;65(12):901-909. Read more

Marquis SM, McGrail K, Hayes MV. Mental health outcomes among parents of a child who has a developmental disability: Comparing different types of developmental disability. Disabil Health J. 2019 Nov 21:100874. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

Marquis SM, McGrail K, Hayes MV. Mental health of parents of children with a developmental disability in British Columbia, Canada. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2019 Nov 19. pii: jech-2018-211698. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

Marquis S, McGrail K, Hayes MV. Using administrative data to examine variables affecting the mental health of siblings of children who have a developmental disability. Res Dev Disabil. 2019 Nov 19;96:103516. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

Huang X, Peterson S, Lavergne R, Ahuja M, McGrail K. Predicting the Cost of Health Care Services: A Comparison of Case-mix Systems and Comorbidity Indices That Use Administrative Data. Med Care. 2019 Nov 1. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

Lavergne MR, Goldsmith LJ, Grudniewicz A, Rudoler D, Marshall EG, Ahuja M, Blackie D, Burge F, Gibson RJ, Glazier RH, Hawrylyshyn S, Hedden L, Hernandez-Lee J, Horrey K, Joyce M, Kiran T, MacKenzie A, Mathews M, McCracken R, McGrail K, McKay M, McPherson C, Mitra G, Sampalli T, Scott I, Snadden D, Murphy GT, Wong ST. Practice patterns among early-career primary care (ECPC) physicians and workforce planning implications: protocol for a mixed methods study. BMJ Open. 2019 Sep 24;9(9):e030477. Read more

Paprica PA,McGrail KM, Schull MJ. Notches on the dial: a call to action to develop plain language communication with the public about users and uses of health data. International Journal of Population Data Science. 2019;4:1:21. Read more

Gali B, Eyawo O, Hull MW, Samji H, Zhang W, Sereda P, Lima VD, McGrail K, Montaner JSG, Hogg RS, Moore D; COAST Study Team. Incidence of select chronic co-morbidities among a population-based cohort of HIV-positive individuals receiving highly active antiretroviral therapy. Curr Med Res Opin. 2019 Jul 18:1. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

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