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
  • Andreea Bratu, PhD student, School of Population and Public Health
  • 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)
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

McKay M, Lavergne MR, Lea AP, Le M, Grudniewicz A, Blackie D, Goldsmith LJ, Marshall EG, Mathews M, McCracken R, McGrail K, Wong S, Rudoler D. Government policies targeting primary care physician practice from 1998-2018 in three Canadian provinces: A jurisdictional scan. Health Policy. 2022 Mar 17:S0168-8510(22)00063-X. doi: 10.1016/j.healthpol.2022.03.006. Online ahead of print. Read more

McGrail K, Morgan J, Siddiqi A. Looking back and moving forward: Addressing health inequities after COVID-19. Lancet Reg Health Am. 2022 May;9:100232. doi: 10.1016/j.lana.2022.100232. Epub 2022 Mar 17. Read more

Moe J, Wang EY, McGregor MJ, Schull MJ, Dong K, Holroyd BR, Hohl CM, Grafstein E, O'Sullivan F, Trimble J, McGrail KM. Subgroups of people who make frequent emergency department visits in Ontario and Alberta: a retrospective cohort study. CMAJ Open. 2022 Mar 15;10(1):E232-E246. doi: 10.9778/cmajo.20210132. Read more

Moe J, Wang EY, McGregor MJ, Schull MJ, Dong K, Holroyd BR, Hohl CM, Grafstein E, O'Sullivan F, Trimble J, McGrail KM. People who make frequent emergency department visits based on persistence of frequent use in Ontario and Alberta: a retrospective cohort study. CMAJ Open. 2022 Mar 15;10(1):E220-E231. doi: 10.9778/cmajo.20210131. Read more

Garrison SR, Kolber MR, Allan GM, Bakal J, Green L, Singer A, Trueman DR, McAlister FA, Padwal RS, Hill MD, Manns B, McGrail K, O'Neill B, Greiver M, Froentjes LS, Manca DP, Mangin D, Wong ST, MacLean C, Kirkwood JE, McCracken R, McCormack JP, Norris C, Korownyk T. Bedtime versus morning use of antihypertensives for cardiovascular risk reduction (BedMed): protocol for a prospective, randomised, open-label, blinded end-point pragmatic trial. BMJ Open. 2022 Feb 24;12(2):e059711. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-059711. Read more

Sharpe K, McGrail K, Mustard C, McLeod C. A Framework for Understanding How Variation in Health Care Service Delivery Affects Work Disability Management. Jour Occ Rehab. 2022 Feb 10. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10926-021-10016-5. Read more

Lavergne MR, King C, Peterson S, Simon L, Hudon C, Loignon C, McCracken RK, Brackett A, McGrail K, Strumpf E; QC-BC Patient Enrolment Project Team. Patient characteristics associated with enrolment under voluntary programs implemented within fee-for-service systems in British Columbia and Quebec: a cross-sectional study. CMAJ Open. 2022 Feb 1;10(1):E64-E73. doi: 10.9778/cmajo.20210043. Read more

El Adam S, Hutcheon JA, McLeod C, McGrail K. Why are babies in Canada getting smaller? Health Rep. 2022 Jan 19;33(1):3-15. doi: 10.25318/82-003-x202101200001-eng. Read more

Schummers L, Darling EK, Dunn S, McGrail K, Gayowsky A, Law MR, Laba TL, Kaczorowski J, Norman WV. Abortion Safety and Use with Normally Prescribed Mifepristone in Canada. N Engl J Med. 2021 Dec 8. Online ahead of print. Read more

Saffari N, Senthanar S, Koehoorn M, McGrail K, McLeod C. Immigrant status, gender and work disability duration: findings from a linked, retrospective cohort of workers’ compensation and immigration data from British Columbia, Canada. Occup Environ Med. 2021 Dec;11(12). Read more

Khan AF, Seow H, Sutradhar R, Peacock S, Chan KK, Burge F, McGrail K, Raymakers A, Lawson B, Barbera L. Quality of End-of-Life Cancer Care in Canada: A 12-Year Retrospective Analysis of Three Provinces' Administrative Health Care Data Evaluating Changes over Time. Curr Oncol. 2021 Nov 12;28(6):4673-4685. Read more

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

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