Lidia Engel – Award recipient for the best student oral presentation at the HTAi meeting 2014

Lidia Engel, PhD student at SFU and research assistant at C2E2, presented work on ‘Examining Exclusion Criteria in National Health State Valuation Studies: a Systematic Review’ and received an award for the best student oral presentation.

New health technologies: an addiction that needs to be broken

Slowing the rapid growth of health care spending requires a shift in focus away from adopting new technologies (i.e. drugs, devices, procedures, and screenings) toward better management of already existing technologies, according to an editorial authored by researchers at the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation (C2E2), a major research centre within Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute.

C2E2 Annual Lecture - video and photos now available


Videos of all our Annual Lectures are available at this YouTube link

Low adherence to controller medications and the preventable burden of asthma

Low adherence to controller therapies is an important contributor to the fact that asthma remains uncontrolled in a large proportion of patients—despite the fact that for most patients, effective and inexpensive controller therapies are readily available.

Steve Kanters and Logan Trenaman
C2E2 Students receive CIHR Doctoral Awards

Steve Kanters (left) has received a CIHR Doctoral Research Award under the Drug Safety and Effectiveness priority announcement and Logan Trenaman was given a Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship Doctoral Award (CGS-D), also through CIHR.

C2E2 will be the hub for national health economics research program in chronic respiratory diseases

C2E2 scientist Dr. Mohsen Sadatsafavi is chosen as the leader of the Health Economics Platform of the recently-established Canadian Respiratory Research Network (CRRN).


People in Profile: Tania Conte

Meet Tania — every small step taken has opened up a brighter future.


Within all clinical areas there is a need for economic evaluation to determine the value of new and existing interventions, technologies and devices.

This need is driven by the issue of scarcity — the fundamental analytic consideration underlying the discipline of economics — and, more specifically, limited healthcare resources. In health economics, an important focus of outcomes research concerns ‘generic’ measurement of quality of life, an approach to quantifying health outcomes in a way that allows comparisons to be made across clinical areas.

Evaluating Canada’s 48-hour hip surgery benchmark, comparing patient outcomes after different surgery wait-times

Comparing patient outcomes after different surgery wait-times.

A new Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)-funded study will identify if patients benefited from having hip fracture surgery within 48-hours of admission, the national benchmark adopted by Canada’s health ministers in 2005. The study, led by VCHRI researchers Dr. Boris Sobolev and Dr. Pierre Guy, seeks to provide evidence for the changes in hospital care that are required to prioritize access to the procedure.