Low health literacy tied to high morbidity and mortality rates

Dr. Iraj Poureslami, VCHRI researcher and associate member of the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology & Evaluation

Rethinking the future of health care in Canada

A new book, Health Care Federalism in Canada, provides an up-to-date analysis of the current health care policy. From the book's review: "Now that Ottawa has left health care to the provinces, what is the future for Canadian health care in a decentralized federal context? 

Asthma’s drain on the workplace

Uncontrolled asthma is not only a burden for sufferers – it’s also a drain on Canadian productivity, even when the people who struggle with it show up for work.

New website a key resource for creating quality research

The Centre for Clinical Epidemiology (C2E2) – one of the major research centres under Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI) – officially launches its revamped website in January 2014. The new site offers better communication with the larger research community and highlights C2E2’s dedication to research, training, and knowledge translation that delivers the most effective health care to British Columbians.

Disputed asthma therapy has safe record in B.C.: UBC-VCH study

A popular combination asthma therapy dogged by safety concerns has not harmed British Columbians and should remain in use, according to researchers at the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute.

How long is too long to wait for heart bypass surgery?

When it comes to treating heart disease, it is unclear whether waiting for surgery is a better choice than having a less invasive procedure done immediately.

“In non-emergency situations, modern medicine offers two alternative strategies for treating multiple arteries: bypass surgery and stenting,” says Dr. Boris Sobolev, health services researcher at the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation (C2E2). “In the past, more than one-third of patients needing non-emergency bypass surgery had to wait longer than deemed safe by a doctor.”

Using Evaluation Theory in Priority Setting and Resource Allocation

The paper "Using Evaluation Theory in Priority Setting and Resource Allocation" by Neale Smith, Craig Mitton, Evelyn Cornelissen, Jennifer Gibson and Stuart Peacock (published in The Journal of Health Organization and Management Volume 26 Issue 5, pages 655-671) has been named "Most Outstanding" paper published in the last year.

Measuring patient health outcomes of primary health care reform using PROM (Patient Reported Outcome Measurement) instruments
The PROMs EKS Project Final Report is now available.  Please click HERE to view the final report. 

Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) are used to collect information from patients about their self-perceived health outcomes and quality of life that is not captured in other common outcome metrics (i.e., morbidity and mortality). This information is important for routine monitoring and ongoing evaluation of healthcare technologies and services.

Inaugural C2E2 Lecture: Saving Publicly Funded Health Care
Our Inaugural Lecture was held on September 14th 2012 and was a tremendous success. The event provided the opportunity for us to celebrate engagement with our stakeholder communities and health sector colleagues from across the region and province.  The lecture was delivered by Dr. Cam Donaldson, an internationally acclaimed health economist and the Yunus Chair in Social Business and Health at Glasgow Caledonian University.  Dr. Donaldson addressed the challenge of sustaining Canada’s publicly funded health care system.  
Let’s All Go to the PROM: The Case for Routine Patient-Reported Outcome Measurement in Canadian Healthcare


Kim McGrail, Stirling Bryan and Jennifer Davis have penned the lead article in the latest issue of Healthcare Papers calling for more extensive use of patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) in Canadian healthcare.  Their premise is that improvement depends on information, and more specifically information about outcomes of care. Current outcomes information is limited and tends to focus on measures of failure rather than measures of success. They argue that PROMs must become part of regular data collection in the healthcare system, and offer three recommendations for action.