Sabrina Wong

Sabrina

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
  • Veena Mudaliar, PhD Student, School of Nursing
  • 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

Clark W, Lavoie JG, Mcdonnell L, Nickel N, Anawak J, Brown L, Clark G, Evaluardjuk-Palmer M, Ford F, Dutton R, Wong S, Sanguins J, Katz A. Trends in Inuit health services utilisation in Manitoba: findings from the Qanuinngitsiarutiksait study. Int J Circumpolar Health. 2022 Dec;81(1):2073069. doi: 10.1080/22423982.2022.2073069. Read more

Wong ST, Morkem R, Leis J, Levinson W, Patey A, Durance A, Barber D. Potentially inappropriate antibiotic prescribing for respiratory tract infections in Canadian primary care: Results from the Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network. Kingston, ON: Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network; April 2022. Read more

Wong S, Rajapakshe S, Barber D, Patey A, Levinson W, Morkem R, Hurwitz G, Wintermute K, Leis JA. Antibiotic prescribing for respiratory tract infection across a national primary care network in 2019. Can Commun Dis Rep. 2022 Apr 6;48(4):157-163. doi: 10.14745/ccdr.v48i04a06. eCollection 2022 Apr 6. 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

Marshall EG, Breton M, Green M, Edwards L, Ayn C, Smithman MA, Ryan Carson S, Ashcroft R, Bayoumi I, Burge F, Deslauriers V, Lawson B, Mathews M, McPherson C, Moritz LR, Nesto S, Stock D, Wong ST, Andrew M. CUP study: protocol for a comparative analysis of centralised waitlist effectiveness, policies and innovations for connecting unattached patients to primary care providers. BMJ Open. 2022 Mar 7;12(3):e049686. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-049686. 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

Mathews M, Ryan D, Randall E, Marshall EG, Goldsmith LJ, Jones L, Lavergne MR, Snadden D, Scott I, Wong ST, Stringer K, Horrey K, Grudniewicz A. "At the mercy of some of the regulations": the impact of the residency match and return of service requirement on the early-career decisions of international medical graduates in Canada. Hum Resour Health. 2022 Feb 4;20(1):15. doi: 10.1186/s12960-022-00709-0. Read more

Hawkins NM, Peterson S, Ezzat AM, Vijh R, Virani SA, Gibb A, Mancini GBJ, Wong ST. Control of Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2022 Jan 10. doi: 10.1513/AnnalsATS.202104-463OC. Online ahead of print. Read more

Block LJ, Ronquillo C, Hardiker NR, Wong ST, Currie LM. Mapping of Wound Infection Concepts. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2021 Dec 15;284:431-435. Read more

Wong ST, Johnston S, Burge F, Ammi M, Campbell JL, Katz A, Martin-Misener R, Peterson S, Thandi M, Haggerty J, Hogg W. Comparing the Attainment of the Patient's Medical Home Model across Regions in Three Canadian Provinces: A Cross-Sectional Study. Healthc Policy. 2021 Nov;17(2):19-37. Read more

Fortin M, Stewart M, Almirall J, Berbiche D, Bélanger M, Katz A, Ryan BL, Wong ST, Zwarenstein M. One year follow-up and exploratory analysis of a patient-centered interdisciplinary care intervention for multimorbidity. J Comorb. 2021 Nov 17;11:26335565211039780. Read more

Thandi M, Wong ST, Aponte-Hao S, Grandy M, Mangin D, Singer A, Williamson T. Strategies for working across Canadian practice-based research and learning networks (PBRLNs) in primary care: focus on frailty. BMC Fam Pract. 2021 Nov 12;22(1):220. Read more

Ferreira JBB, Santos LLD, Ribeiro LC, Rodrigues Fracon BR, Wong S. Vulnerability and Primary Health Care: An Integrative Literature Review. J Prim Care Community Health. 2021 Jan-Dec;12:21501327211049705. Read more

Aponte-Hao S, Wong ST, Thandi M, Ronksley P, McBrien K, Lee J, Grandy M, Mangin D, Katz A, Singer A, Manca D, Williamson T. Machine learning for identification of frailty in Canadian primary care practices. Int J Popul Data Sci. 2021 Sep 10;6(1):1650. Read more

Block LJ, Wong ST, Handfield S, Hart R, Currie LM. Comparison of terminology mapping methods for nursing wound care knowledge representation. Int J Med Inform. 2021 Jul 22;153:104539. Online ahead of print. Read more

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