Health Services Utilization

Publications authored by CHSPR faculty and staff from 2009 to the present are listed here. Older peer-reviewed publications are usually available from individual journals and can be searched for using PubMed. Older reports published by CHSPR (from 1973) are available from the UBC Library cIRcle database. If you cannot find a specific publication, please contact us.


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

Breton M, Smithman MA, Sasseville M, Kreindler SA, Sutherland JM, Beauséjour M, Green M, Marshall EG, Jbilou J, Shaw J, Brousselle A, Contandriopoulos D, Crooks VA, Wong ST. How the design and implementation of centralized waiting lists influence their use and effect on access to healthcare - A realist review. Health Policy. 2020 Jun 1:S0168-8510(20)30120-2. Online ahead of print. 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

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

Brehaut JC, Guèvremont A, Arim RG, Garner RE, Miller AR, McGrail KM, Brownell M, Lach LM, Rosenbaum PL, Kohen DE. Changes in Caregiver Health in the Years Surrounding the Birth of a Child With Health Problems: Administrative Data From British Columbia. Med Care. 2019 May;57(5):369-376. Read more

Hategeka C, Ruton H, Law MR. Effect of a community health worker mHealth monitoring system on uptake of maternal and newborn health services in Rwanda. Glob Health Res Policy. 2019 Mar 22;4:8. Read more

Hedden L, Lavergne MR, McGrail KM, Law MR, Bourgeault IL, McCracken R, Barer ML. Trends in Providing Out-of-Office, Urgent After-Hours, and On-Call Care in British Columbia. Ann Fam Med. 2019 Mar;17(2):116-124. Read more

McKay R, Law M, McGrail K, Balshaw R, Reyes R, Patrick DM. What can we learn by examining variations in the use of urine culture in the management of acute cystitis? A retrospective cohort study with linked administrative data in British Columbia, Canada, 2005-2011. PLoS One. 2019 Mar 8;14(3):e0213534. Read more

Lavoie JG, Ward A, Wong ST, Ibrahim N, Morton D, O'Neil JD, Green M. Hospitalization for mental health related ambulatory care sensitive conditions: what are the trends for First Nations in British Columbia? Int J Equity Health. 2018 Oct 3;17(1):156. Read more

Ruton H, Musabyimana A, Gaju E, Berhe A, Grépin KA, Ngenzi J, Nzabonimana E, Law MR. The impact of an mHealth monitoring system on health care utilization by mothers and children: an evaluation using routine health information in Rwanda. Health Policy Plan. 2018 Aug 28. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

Woods RR, McGrail KM, Kliewer EV, Kazanjian A, Mar C, Kan L, Sam J, Spinelli JJ. Breast screening participation and retention among immigrants and nonimmigrants in British Columbia: A population-based study. Cancer Med. 2018 Jul 9. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

McGregor MJ, Cox MB, Slater JM, Poss J, McGrail KM, Ronald LA, Sloan J, Schulzer M. A before-after study of hospital use in two frail populations receiving different home-based services over the same time in Vancouver, Canada. BMC Health Serv Res. 2018 Apr 5;18(1):248. Read more

Innes G, McRae A, Grafstein E, Law M, Teichman JMH, Weber B, Carlson K, Boyda H, Andruchow J. Variability of renal colic management and outcomes in two Canadian cities. CJEM. 2018 Apr 4:1-11. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

Seow H, Arora A, Barbera L, McGrail K, Lawson B, Burge F, Sutradhar R. Does access to end-of-life homecare nursing differ by province and community size?: A population-based cohort study of cancer decedents across Canada. Health Policy. 2017 Dec 13. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

Lavergne MR, Law MR, Peterson S, Garrison S, Hurley J, Cheng L, McGrail K. Effect of incentive payments on chronic disease management and health services use in British Columbia, Canada: Interrupted time series analysis. Health Policy. 2017 Nov 10. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

Iyer HS, Hirschhorn LR, Nisingizwe MP, Kamanzi E, Drobac PC, Rwabukwisi FC, Law MR, Muhire A, Rusanganwa V, Basinga P. Impact of a district-wide health center strengthening intervention on healthcare utilization in rural Rwanda: Use of interrupted time series analysis. PLoS One. 2017 Aug 1;12(8):e0182418. Read more

McGrail KM, Ahuja MA, Leaver CA. Virtual Visits and Patient-Centered Care: Results of a Patient Survey and Observational Study. J Med Internet Res. 2017 May 26;19(5):e177. Read more

Law M, Cheng L, Worthington H, Mamdani M, McGrail K, Chan F, Majumdar S. Impact of income-based deductibles on drug use and health care utilization among older adults. 2017 May 15; 189(19). Read more

Maginley KS. Hormonal contraceptive use in Canada : levels, trends, and determinants among reproductive-aged women in British Columbia (T). University of British Columbia; 2017. Read more

Schoenbaum M, Sutherland JM, Chappel A, Azrin S, Goldstein AB, Rupp A, Heinssen RK. Twelve-Month Health Care Use and Mortality in Commercially Insured Young People With Incident Psychosis in the United States. Schizophr Bull. 2017 Apr 7. Read more