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
  • 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

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

Aaltonen M, El Adam S, Martin-Matthews A, Sakamoto M, Strumpf E, McGrail KM. Dementia and Poor Continuity of Primary Care Delay Hospital Discharge in Older Adults: A Population-Based Study From 2001 to 2016. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2020 Dec 22:S1525-8610(20)31016-1. Online ahead of print. Read more

Qureshi D, Isenberg S, Tanuseputro P, Moineddin R, Quinn K, Meaney C, McGrail K, Seow H, Webber C, Fowler R, Hsu A. Describing the characteristics and healthcare use of high-cost acute care users at the end of life: a pan-Canadian population-based study. BMC Health Serv Res. 2020 Oct 31;20(1):997. Read more

Seow H, Stevens T, Barbera LC, Burge F, McGrail K, Chan KKW, Peacock SJ, Sutradhar R, Guthrie DM. Trajectory of psychosocial symptoms among home care patients with cancer at end-of-life. Psychooncology. 2020 Oct 2. Read more

El-Adam S, Ahuja M, Lavergne MR, Peterson S, McGrail K. Alternative Payment Plan Remuneration Trends in British Columbia. Vancouver (BC): UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research; Sept 2020. Read more

Paprica PA, Sutherland E, Smith A, Brudno M, Cartagena RG, Crichlow M, Courtney B, Loken C, McGrail KM, Ryan A, Schull MJ, Thorogood A, Virtanen C, Yang K. Essential requirements for establishing and operating data trusts: Practical guidance co-developed by representatives from fifteen Canadian organizations and initiatives. Int J Popul Data Sci. 2020 Aug 24;5(1):1353. Read more

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