Kim McGrail

Faculty, Centre for Health Services and Policy Research

Scientific Director, 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 governance of access to data for research purposes. 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 was the 2009-10 Commonwealth Fund Harkness Associate in Health Care Policy and Practice, a 2016 recipient of the Cortlandt JG Mackenzie Prize for Excellence in Teaching, and a 2017 recipient of a UBC award for Excellence in Clinical or Applied Research. 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 in health care systems
  • Aging and use and cost of health care services
  • Health care financing and equity
  • Governance of access to data for research purposes
  • Emerging interests in big data, visual analytics

Current Projects

  • Evaluation of the accelerated integrated and primary care initiatives
  • Evaluation of the “Better at Home” program that provides support for non-medical determinants of health
  • Evaluation of the Home ViVE program based in Vancouver Coastal Health
  • Evaluation of the effects of incentive payments to BC primary care physicians for chronic disease management
  • Evaluation of e-health visits in BC
  • Transforming community-based primary healthcare delivery through comprehensive performance measurement and reporting (www.transformationphc.ca)
  • BC Primary Health Care Research Network, one of the Strategy for Patient Oriented Research Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovation Network nodes. The BC PHCRN aims to seek out, develop, and facilitate adoption of health care innovations to improve BC’s health care delivery system (spor-bcphcrn.ca).

Affiliations and Awards

Current Graduate Students

Primary Supervisor
  • Vanessa Brcic, MSc Student, School of Population and Public Health
  • Julia Kaal, PhD Student, School of Population and Public Health
  • Suzie Maginley, PhD Student, School of Population and Public Health
  • Maeve Wickham, PhD Student, School of Population and Public Health
  • Seles Yung, MSc Student, School of Population and Public Health
Committee Member
  • Angela Yao, School of Population and Public Health
  • Sandra Marquis, University of Victoria
  • Sara Clemens, University of Toronto
Other Mentoring
  • Jonathan Beaumier, MPH Student, School of Population and Public Health
  • Alexandra Choi, Public Health and Preventive Medicine Resident, School of Population and Public Health

Courses Currently Taught

  • SPPH 531 Health Care Systems Analysis

Recent Publications

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

Marquis SM, McGrail KM, Hayes MV. A population-level study of the mental health of siblings of children who have a developmental disability. SSM Popul Health. 2019 Jun 28;8:100441. Read more

McKay R, Patrick DM, McGrail K, Law MR. Antibiotic prescribing for pediatric respiratory infections: What explains a large variation among physicians? Can Fam Physician. 2019 Jun;65(6):e278-e291. Read more

Guthrie DM, Harman LE, Barbera L, Burge F, Lawson B, McGrail K, Sutradhar R, Seow H. Quality Indicator Rates for Seriously Ill Home Care Clients: Analysis of Resident Assessment Instrument for Home Care Data in Six Canadian Provinces. J Palliat Med. 2019 May 16. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

Teng J, Bentley C, Burgess MM, O'Doherty KC, McGrail KM. Sharing linked data sets for research: results from a deliberative public engagement event in British Columbia, Canada. International Journal of Population Data Science. 2019 May 7;4(1). Read more

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