Sabrina Wong

Faculty, Centre for Health Services and Policy Research
Professor, UBC School of Nursing

sabrina.wong@nursing.ubc.ca
@sabrinawong88
(604) 827-5584

spor-bcphcrn.ca


Profile

Dr. Wong’s research examines the organization and delivery of health care services within the context of primary health care. A recognized leader in research involving patient-reported quality of care, her work contributes to informing practice and system level interventions that seek to decrease health inequalities among Canadian residents, including people who face multiple disadvantages in accessing and using the health care system such as those who have language barriers and live in poverty. Her long-standing commitment to research has significantly contributed to further understanding and application of primary health care in helping to reduce health and health care inequalities.

Education

PhD, Health Services Research, Nursing, University of California, San Francisco
MSc, Community Health Nursing Administration, University of California, San Francisco
BSN, University of British Columbia

Research Interests

  • Primary health care
  • Health inequalities
  • Performance measurement and reporting
  • Integration of health services

Current Projects

  • Transforming community-based primary healthcare delivery through comprehensive performance measurement and reporting
  • Research lead, 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).
  • Co-Director, BC node of the Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network (spor-bcphcrn.ca/bc-cpcssn/). The Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network (CPCSSN) is a pan-Canadian multi-disease electronic medical record surveillance system that makes it possible to securely collect and report on vital information from Canadians’ health records to improve the way chronic diseases are managed.

Affiliations and Awards

  • Investigator, Culture, Gender and Health research unit (2004-present)
  • Affiliate, Department of Family Practice (2007-present)
  • NAPCRG (North American Primary Care Research Group) PEARL on: Continuity of Care: Does Having the Same Primary Care Provider Over Time Matter?, NAPCRG (February 2015).
  • UBC Killam Faculty Research Fellowship, UBC (2012)
  • Canadian Institute for Health Information Scholar (2012)
  • Excellence in Nursing Research, College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (2011)
  • Career Scholar, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (2005-2010)
  • Canadian Institutes for Health Research New Investigator award (2006-2011)
  • Distinguished Paper Presentation award, Society for Teachers of Family Medicine (2004)
  • Career award, National Institute on Aging (2003-2006)
  • Health Services Research award, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Foundation and the Children’s Dental Health Project (2001)

Current Graduate Students

  • Mary Helmer-Smith, MSc Student, School of Population and Public Health
  • Innocent Ndateba, PhD Student, School of Nursing
  • Manpreet Thandi, PhD Student, School of Nursing

Currently Recruiting Graduate Students Interested in

  • Primary health care
  • Performance measurement and reporting
  • Collaboration between public health and primary care
  • Health inequalities

Courses Currently Taught

  • NURS 505 Statistical Literacy in Nursing
  • Mixed methods in primary health care research (pan-Canadian Transdisciplinary Understanding of Research in Primary Health Care program)

Recent Publications

Barnes K, Hall Dykgraaf S, O'Brien K, Douglas K, Eggleton K, Bui N, Wong ST, Etz RS, Goodyear-Smith F. A novel methodological approach to participant engagement and policy relevance for community-based primary medical care research during the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia and New Zealand. Health Res Policy Syst. 2024 Jan 22;22(1):13. doi: 10.1186/s12961-023-01100-8. Read more

Li V, Alibhai SMH, Noel K, Fazelzad R, Haase K, Mariano C, Durbano S, Sattar S, Newton L, Dawe D, Bell JA, Hsu T, Wong ST, Lofters A, Bender JL, Manthorne J, Puts MTE. Access to cancer clinical trials for racialised older adults: an equity-focused rapid scoping review protocol. BMJ Open. 2024 Jan 19;14(1):e074191. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2023-074191. Read more

Zeitouny S, McGrail K, Tadrous M, Wong ST, Cheng L, Law M. Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on prescription drug use and costs in British Columbia: a retrospective interrupted time series study. BMJ Open. 2024 Jan 4;14(1):e070031. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2022-070031. Read more

Thandi M, Wong ST, Price M, Baumbusch J. Perspectives on the representation of frailty in the electronic frailty index. BMC Prim Care. 2024 Jan 2;25(1):4. doi: 10.1186/s12875-023-02225-z. Read more

Karunananthan S, Rahgozar A, Hakimjavadi R, Yan H, Dalsania KA, Bergman H, Ghose B, LaPlante J, McCutcheon T, McIsaac DI, Abbasgholizadeh Rahimi S, Sourial N, Thandi M, Wong ST, Liddy C. Use of Artificial Intelligence in the Identification and Management of Frailty: A Scoping Review Protocol. BMJ Open. 2023 Dec 28;13(12):e076918. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2023-076918. Read more

Wong ST, Salman A, Poitras ME, Wodchis WP, Holland M, Bhattacharyya O, Barber D, Hogg W, Esquilant GB. International effort harnessing the collective voice of primary care: Patient-Reported Indicator Surveys (PaRIS) initiative includes Canadian involvement. Can Fam Physician. 2023 Dec;69(12):827-828. doi: 10.46747/cfp.6912827. Read more

Aggarwal M, Katz A, Kokorelias KM, Wong ST, Aghajafari F, Ivers NM, Martin-Misener R, Aubrey-Bassler K, Breton M, Upshur REG, Kwong JC. What are effective vaccine distribution approaches for equity-deserving and high-risk populations during COVID-19? Exploring best practices and recommendations in Canada: protocol for a mixed-methods multiple case codesign study. BMJ Open. 2023 Nov 8;13(11):e072238. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2023-072238. Read more

Grudniewicz A, Randall E, Lavergne MR, Marshall EG, Jones L, Rudoler D, Horrey K, Mathews M, McKay M, Mitra G, Scott I, Snadden D, Wong ST, Goldsmith LJ. Factors influencing practice choices of early-career family physicians in Canada: a qualitative interview study. Human Resources for Health. 2023 Oct 26;21(84). Read more

McCracken R, Narayan S, Maclure M, Cooper I, Cui Z, Cullen W, Dormuth C, Hamilton MA, Nolan S, Singer J, Socías ME, Wong S, Klimas J. Evaluation of audit and feedback to family physicians on prescribing of opioid analgesics to opioid-naïve patients: A pragmatic randomized delay trial. Contemp Clin Trials. 2023 Oct 4:107354. doi: 10.1016/j.cct.2023.107354. Online ahead of print. Read more

Hawkins NM, Peterson S, Salimian S, Demers C, Keshavjee K, Virani SA, Mancini GBJ, Wong ST. Epidemiology and treatment of heart failure with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in Canadian primary care. ESC Heart Fail. 2023 Oct 3. doi: 10.1002/ehf2.14497. Online ahead of print. Read more

Lavoie JG, Clark W, McDonnell L, Nickel N, Dutton R, Kanayok J, Fowler-Woods M, Anawak J, Brown N, Voisey Clark G, Evaluardjuk-Palmer T, Wong ST, Sanguins J, Mudryj A, Mullins N, Ford M, Clark J. Cross-jurisdictional pandemic management: providers speaking on the experience of Nunavut Inuit accessing services in Manitoba during the COVID-19 pandemic. Int J Circumpolar Health. 2023 Dec;82(1):2259122. doi: 10.1080/22423982.2023.2259122. Epub 2023 Sep 20. Read more

Sasseville M, Supper W, Gartner JB, Layani G, Amil S, Sheffield P, Gagnon MP, Hudon C, Lambert S, Attisso E, Bureau Lagarde V, Breton M, Poitras ME, Pluye P, Roux-Levy PH, Plaisimond J, Bergeron F, Ashcroft R, Wong S, Groulx A, Beaudet N, Paquette JS, D'Anjou N, Langlois S, LeBlanc A. Clinical Integration of Digital Patient-Reported Outcome Measures in Primary Health Care for Chronic Disease Management: Protocol for a Systematic Review. JMIR Res Protoc. 2023 Aug 18;12:e48155. doi: 10.2196/48155. Read more

Lavergne MR, Rudoler D, Peterson S, Stock D, Taylor C, Wilton AS, Wong ST, Scott I, McGrail KM, McCracken RK, Marshall EG, MacKenzie A, Katz A, Jamieson M, Hedden L, Grudniewicz A, Goldsmith LJ, Glazier RH, Burge F, Blackie D. Changes in comprehensiveness of services delivered by Canadian family physicians: Analysis of population-based linked data in 4 provinces. Can Fam Physician. 2023 Aug;69(8):550-556. doi: 10.46747/cfp.6908550. Read more

Zeitouny S, Cheng L, Wong ST, Tadrous M, McGrail K, Law MR. Prevalence and predictors of primary nonadherence to medications prescribed in primary care. CMAJ. 2023 Aug 8;195(30):E1000-E1009. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.221018. Read more

Menear M, Duhoux A, Bédard M, Paquette JS, Baron M, Breton M, Courtemanche S, Dubé S, Dufour S, Fortin M, Girard A, Larouche-Côté É, L'Espérance A, LeBlanc A, Poitras ME, Rivet S, Sasseville M, Achim A, Archambault P, Bajurny V, Brown JB, Carrier JD, Côté N, Couturier Y, Dogba MJ, Gagnon MP, Ghio SC, Marshall EG, Kothari A, Lussier MT, Mair FS, Smith S, Vachon B, Wong S. Understanding the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the care experiences of people with mental-physical multimorbidity: protocol for a mixed methods study. BMC Prim Care. 2023 Jul 24;24(1):154. doi: 10.1186/s12875-023-02106-5. Read more

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