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Kimberlyn McGrail, PhD, is faculty with the UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, Scientific Director for Population Data BC, an associate professor at the University of British Columbia School of Population and Public Health, and an associate with the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation. Kim’s current research interests are in evaluation of health system policy interventions, aging and the use and cost of health care services, and governance of access to data for research purposes. Her research is conducted in collaboration with policy and decision makers, including the BC Ministry of Health, BC’s Health Authorities, Canada Health Infoway, the Institute for Health System Transformation and Sustainability, and the Canadian Institute for Health Information. Kim was the 2009-10 Commonwealth Fund Harkness Associate in Health Care Policy and Practice. 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.

Affiliations and Awards

Selected Publications

Sivananthan S, McGrail K. Diagnosis and Disruption: Population-Level Analysis Identifying Points of Care at Which Transitions Are Highest for People with Dementia and Factors That Contribute to Them. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2016; 64:569–577.

McGrail K, Lavergne R, Lewis S. The chronic disease explosion: artificial bang or empirical whimper? BMJ. 2016 Mar;352:i1312.

Sivananthan SN, Lavergne MR, McGrail KM. Caring for dementia: A population-based study examining variations in guideline-consistent medical care. Alzheimers Dement. 2015 Aug;11(8):906-16.

McGrail K, Lavergne R, Lewis SJ, Peterson SL, Barer M, Garrison SR. Classifying physician practice style: a new approach using administrative data in British Columbia. Med Care. 2015 Mar;53(3):276-82.

Hohl CM, McGrail K, Sobolev B. The effect of pharmacist-led medication review in high-risk patients in the emergency department: an evaluation protocol. CMAJ Open. 2015 Jan 13;3(1):E103-10.

McGregor MJ, McGrail KM, Abu-Laban RB, Ronald LA, Baumbusch J, Andrusiek D, Cox MB. Emergency department visit rates and patterns in Canada’s Vancouver Coastal health region. Can J Aging. 2014 Jun;33(2):154-62.

Lavergne MR, Peterson S, McKendry R, Sivananthan S, McGrail K. Full-service family practice in British Columbia: policy interventions and trends in practice, 1991-2010. Healthc Policy. 2014 May;9(4):32-47.

Kratzer J, McGrail K, Strumpf E, Law MR. Cost-control mechanisms in Canadian private drug plans. Healthc Policy. 2013 Aug;9(1):35-43.

McGrail KM, Lilly MB, McGregor MJ, Broemeling AM, Salomons K, Peterson S, McKendry R, Barer ML. Health care services use in assisted living: a time series analysis. Can J Aging. 2013 Jun;32(2):173-83.

Lavergne MR, McGrail K. What, if anything, does amenable mortality tell us about regional health system performance? Healthc Policy. 2013 Feb;8(3):79-90.

Sivananthan SN, Peterson S, Lavergne R, Barer ML, McGrail KM. Designation, diligence and drift: understanding laboratory expenditure increases in British Columbia, 1996/97 to 2005/06. BMC Health Serv Res. 2012 Dec 21;12:472.

McGrail KM, Evans RG, Barer ML, Kerluke KJ, McKendry R. Diagnosing senescence: Contributions to physician expenditure increases in British Columbia, 1996/97 to 2005/06. Healthcare Policy. 2011. 7(1): 41-54.

Koehoorn M, McLeod CB, Fan J, McGrail KM, Barer M, Côté P, Hogg-Johnson S. Do private clinics or expedited fees improve wait- or return-to-work times for injured workers following knee surgery? Healthcare Policy. 2011. 7(1): 55-67.

Sutherland JM, McGrail KM, Law MR, Barer ML, Crump T. British Columbia Hospitals: Examination and Assessment of Payment Reform (B-CHeaPR). BMC Health Services Research. 2011, 11:150

McGrail KM. Long-term care as part of the continuum. HealthcarePapers. 2011; 10(4):39-43.

McGregor MJ, Tate RB, Ronald LA, McGrail KM, Cox MB, Berta W, Broemeling AM. Staffing in long-term care in British Columbia, Canada: A longitudinal study of differences by facility ownership, 1996-2006. Health Reports. 2010; 21(4):1-7.

McGrail KM, Zierler A, Ip I. Getting what we pay for? The value-for-money challenge. Healthcare Papers (forthcoming) (Lead paper).

Watson DE, McGrail KM. 2009. Discussion and debate: More doctors or better care? Healthcare Policy 5(1):26-31.

McGrail KM, van Doorslaer E, Ross NA, Sanmartin C. Income-related health inequalities in Canada and the United States: a decomposition analysis. Am J Public Health. 2009 Oct;99(10):1856-63.

Ronald LA, McGregor MJ, McGrail KM, Tate RB, Broemling AM. Hospitalization rates of nursing home residents and community dwelling seniors in British Columbia. Canadian Journal on Aging 27(1): 109-115. 2008.

McGrail KM. Income-related inequities: Cross-sectional analyses of the use of medicare services in British Columbia in 1992 and 2002. Open Medicine. 2(4): 3-10. October 2008.

Evans RG, McGrail KM. Richard III, Barer-Stoddart and the daughter of time, Healthcare Policy. 3(3): 18-28. 2008.

Complete list of publications

SPPH 531 Health Care Systems Analysis

Primary Supervisor

  • Vanessa Brcic, MSc Student, School of Population and Public Health
  • Dimi Panagiotoglou, PhD Student, School of Population and Public Health

Committee Member

  • Bjosi Gamontle, School of Population and Public Health
  • Rachel McKay, School of Population and Public Health
  • Angela Yao, School of Population and Public Health
  • Sandra Marquis, University of Victoria
  • Sara Clemens, University of Toronto

Other Mentoring

  • Nicholas Vagelatos, MHSc Student and Family Practice Resident, School of Population and Public Health
  • Alexandra Choi, Public Health and Preventive Medicine Resident, School of Population and Public Health

Research Interests

  • Evaluations of policy interventions in health care systems
  • Aging and use and cost of health care services
  • Health care financing and equity
  • Governance of access to data for research purposes
  • Emerging interests in big data, visual analytics

Current Projects

  • Evaluation of the accelerated integrated and primary care initiatives
  • Evaluation of the “Better at Home” program that provides support for non-medical determinants of health
  • Evaluation of the Home ViVE program based in Vancouver Coastal Health
  • Evaluation of the effects of incentive payments to BC primary care physicians for chronic disease management
  • Evaluation of e-health visits in BC
  • Transforming community-based primary healthcare delivery through comprehensive performance measurement and reporting (
  • 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 (