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

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. International Journal of Population Data Science. 2020;5(1):31. Read more

Alsabbagh MW, Kueper JK, Wong ST, Burge F, Johnston S, Peterson S, Lawson B, Chung H, Bennett M, Blackman S, McGrail K, Glazier R, Campbell J, Hogg W. Development of comparable algorithms to measure primary care indicators using administrative health data across three Canadian provinces. International Journal of Population Data Science. 2020;5(1):25. Read more

Paprica PA, Sydes MR, McGrail KM, Morris AD, Schull MJ, Walker R. Prospective data linkage to facilitate COVID-19 trials - A call to action. Int J Popul Data Sci. 2020 Aug 11;5(2):1383. Read more

Poss J, McGrail K, McGregor MJ, Ronald LA. Long-Term Care Facility Ownership and Acute Hospital Service Use in British Columbia, Canada: A Retrospective Cohort Study. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2020 Jul 6:S1525-8610(20)30366-2. Online ahead of print. Read more

Yao J, Brauer M, Wei J, McGrail KM, Johnston FH, Henderson SB. Sub-Daily Exposure to Fine Particulate Matter and Ambulance Dispatches during Wildfire Seasons: A Case-Crossover Study in British Columbia, Canada. Environ Health Perspect. 2020 Jun;128(6):67006. Epub 2020 Jun 24. Read more

Langton JM, Wong ST, Burge F, Choi A, Ghaseminejad-Tafreshi N, Johnston S, Katz A, Lavergne R, Mooney D, Peterson S, McGrail K. Population Segments as a Tool for Health Care Performance Reporting: An Exploratory Study in the Canadian Province of British Columbia. BMC Fam Pract. 2020 May 31;21(1):98. Read more

Laba TL, Cheng L, Worthington HC, McGrail KM, Chan FKI, Mamdani M, Law MR. What happens to drug use and expenditure when cost sharing is completely removed? Evidence from a Canadian provincial public drug plan. Health Policy. 2020 May 23:S0168-8510(18)30587-6. Online ahead of print. Read more

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

Ark TK, Kesselring S, Hills B, McGrail KM. Population Data BC: Supporting population data science in British Columbia. 2020 Mar 26;4(2):1133. 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

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