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)
  • Mary Helmer-Smith, MSc student, School of Population and Public Health (with Sabrina Wong)
  • Jackson Loyal, 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

Ndateba I, Wong ST, Beaumier J, Burge F, Martin-Misener R, Hogg W, Wodchis W, McGrail K, Johnston S. Primary care practice characteristics associated with team functioning in primary care settings in Canada: A practice-based cross-sectional survey. J Interprof Care. 2022 Jul 26:1-10. doi: 10.1080/13561820.2022.2099359. Online ahead of print. Read more

Moe J, Wang YE, Schull MJ, Dong K, McGregor MJ, Hohl CM, Holroyd BR, McGrail KM. Characterizing people with frequent emergency department visits and substance use: a retrospective cohort study of linked administrative data in Ontario, Alberta, and B.C., Canada. BMC Emerg Med. 2022 Jul 14;22(1):127. doi: 10.1186/s12873-022-00673-x. Read more

Braatu A, Helmer-Smith M, Mooney D, Yung S, McGrail KM. Medicare at a Crossroads: Myths and Realities 50 Years In: Conference Summary. Vancouver (BC): UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research; Jun 2022. Read more

Woods RR, Kliewer EV, McGrail KM, Spinelli JJ. Stage-Specific Risk of Breast Cancer among Canadian Immigrant and Non-Immigrant Women. J Immigr Minor Health. 2022 Jun 29. doi: 10.1007/s10903-022-01378-w. Online ahead of print. Read more

Strumpf E, Goldsmith L, King C, Lavergne R, McCracken R, McGrail K, Simon L. Measuring Access to and Quality of Primary Care in Quebec: Insights from Research on Patient Enrolment Policies. CIRANO. 2022 Jun 6;2022PE-04. https://doi.org/10.54932/TQSB2107. Read more

McGrail KM. Excess mortality, COVID-19 and health care systems in Canada. CMAJ. 2022 May 30;194(21):E741-E745. doi: https://doi.org/10.1503/cmaj.220337. Read more

Peckham A, Saragosa M, King M, Roerig M, Shaw J, Bornstein S, McGrail K, Morris M, Young Y, Papenkov MV, Marchildon G. Policy programs and service delivery models for older adults and their caregivers: Comparing three provinces and two states. Health Soc Care Community. 2022 May 18. doi: 10.1111/hsc.13820. Online ahead of print. Read more

Schummers L, McGrail K, Darling EK, Dunn S, Gayowsky A, Kaczorowski J, Norman WV. A more accurate approach to define abortion cohorts using linked administrative data: an application to Ontario, Canada. International Journal of Population Data Science. 2022 Apr 29;7(1). Read more

McGrail K, Clement F, Law M. The Value of and Need for Health Services and Policy Research that Focuses on Macro System-Level Challenges. Healthc Pap. 2022 Apr;20(3):26-32. doi: 10.12927/hcpap.2022.26846. Read more

Goel V, McGrail K. Modernize the Healthcare System: Stewardship of a Strong Health Data Foundation. Healthc Pap. 2022 Apr;20(3):61-68. doi: 10.12927/hcpap.2022.26842. Read more

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

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