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 is a Professor in the UBC School of Population and Public Health and Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, Director of Research for UBC Health, and Scientific Director of Population Data BC and Health Data Research Network Canada. Her research interests are quantitative policy evaluation and all aspects of population data science. Kim is Deputy Editor of the International Journal of Population Data Science, the 2009-10 Commonwealth Fund Harkness Associate in Health Care Policy and Practice, 2016 recipient of the Cortlandt JG Mackenzie Prize for Excellence in Teaching, 2017 recipient of a UBC award for Excellence in Clinical or Applied Research, and in 2019-2020 participated as a member of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research Task Force on AI4Health. She holds a PhD in Health Care and Epidemiology from the University of British Columbia, 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
  • Cisco Grajales, PhD student, Interdisciplinary Studies (with James Tansey)
  • 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

Seow H, Barbera LC, McGrail K, Burge F, Guthrie DM, Lawson B, Chan KKW, Peacock SJ, Sutradhar R. Effect of Early Palliative Care on End-of-Life Health Care Costs: A Population-Based, Propensity Score-Matched Cohort Study. JCO Oncol Pract. 2021 Aug 13:OP2100299. Online ahead of print. Read more

Hedden L, Ahuja MA, Lavergne MR, McGrail KM, Law MR, Cheng L, Barer ML. How long does it take patients to find a new primary care physician when theirs retires: a population-based, longitudinal study. Hum Resour Health. 2021 Jul 23;19(1):92. Read more

Clemens S, Wodchis W, McGilton K, McGrail K, McMahon M. The relationship between quality and staffing in long-term care: A systematic review of the literature 2008-2020. Int J Nurs Stud. 2021 Jul 10;122:104036. Online ahead of print. Read more

Seow H, Guthrie DM, Stevens T, Barbera LC, Burge F, McGrail K, Chan KKW, Peacock SJ, Sutradhar R. Trajectory of End-of-Life Pain and Other Physical Symptoms among Cancer Patients Receiving Home Care. Curr Oncol. 2021 Apr 28;28(3):1641-1651. Read more

Isenberg SR, Meaney C, May P, Tanuseputro P, Quinn K, Qureshi D, Saunders S, Webber C, Seow H, Downar J, Smith TJ, Husain A, Lawlor PG, Fowler R, Lachance J, McGrail K, Hsu AT. The association between varying levels of palliative care involvement on costs during terminal hospitalizations in Canada from 2012 to 2015. BMC Health Serv Res. 2021 Apr 13;21(1):331. Read more

Quinn KL, Hsu AT, Meaney C, Qureshi D, Tanuseputro P, Seow H, Webber C, Fowler R, Downar J, Goldman R, Chan R, McGrail K, Isenberg SR. Association between high cost user status and end-of-life care in hospitalized patients: A national cohort study of patients who die in hospital. Palliat Med. 2021 Mar 30:2692163211002045. Read more

Moe J, O'Sullivan F, McGregor MJ, Schull MJ, Dong K, Holroyd BR, Grafstein E, Hohl CM, Trimble J, McGrail KM. Characteristics of frequent emergency department users in British Columbia, Canada: a retrospective analysis. CMAJ Open. 2021 Mar 2;9(1):E134-E141. Read more

Ho H, Janjua NZ, McGrail KM, Harrison M; BC Hepatitis Testers Cohort Team, Law MR. The impact of public coverage of newer hepatitis C medications on utilization, adherence, and costs in British Columbia. PLoS One. 2021 Mar 1;16(3):e0247843. Read more

McGrail KM. Contact-Tracing Apps: Time to Confront Broader Societal Change. Am J Public Health. 2021 Mar;111(3):369-370. Read more

Peterson S, Wickham M, Lavergne MR, Beaumier J, Ahuja M, Mooney D, McGrail K. Methods to comprehensively identify emergency department visits using administrative data in British Columbia. Vancouver (BC): UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research; Feb 2021. Read more

Seow H, Sutradhar R, Burge F, McGrail K, Guthrie DM, Lawson B, Oz UE, Chan K, Peacock S, Barbera L. End-of-life outcomes with or without early palliative care: a propensity score matched, population-based cancer cohort study. BMJ Open. 2021 Feb 12;11(2):e041432. Read more

Chan J, Carroll MW, Smyth M, Hamilton Z, Evans D, McGrail K, Benchimol EI, Jacobson K. Comparing Health Administrative and Clinical Registry Data: Trends in Incidence and Prevalence of Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease in British Columbia. Clinical Epidemiology 2021:13 81–90. Read more

Peterson S, Yung S, Beaumier J, Lavergne R, McGrail K. Residential care and administrative data in British Columbia: Developing methods to identify residents. Vancouver (BC): UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research; Nov 2020. Read more

O'Doherty KC, Shabani M, Dove ES, Bentzen HB, Borry P, Burgess MM, Chalmers D, De Vries J, Eckstein L, Fullerton SM, Juengst E, Kato K, Kaye J, Knoppers BM, Koenig BA, Manson SM, McGrail KM, McGuire AL, Meslin EM, Nicol D, Prainsack B, Terry SF, Thorogood A, Burke W. Toward better governance of human genomic data. Nat Genet. 2021 Jan;53(1):2-8. Read more

Moe J, O'Sullivan F, McGregor MJ, Schull MJ, Dong K, Holroyd BR, Grafstein E, Hohl CM, Trimble J, McGrail KM. Identifying subgroups and risk among frequent emergency department users in British Columbia. J Am Coll Emerg Physicians Open. 2021 Jan 2;2(1):e12346. Read more

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