Characterizing Undiagnosed Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Johnson KM, Bryan S, Ghanbarian S, Sin DD, Sadatsafavi M. Characterizing undiagnosed chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Respiratory Research. 2018;19:26.


C2E2's Sarah Munro talks about BC’s High Rate of Repeat C-section Prompts New Online Decision Tool for Women

BC has the highest rate of caesarean births in Canada. Here, 34 per cent of babies are delivered by C-section versus the national average of 28 per cent. To put those percentages in context, the World Health Organization says an ideal C-section rate is between 10 and 15 per cent. When it comes to repeat C-sections, BC rates are also very high, and rising, even though vaginal birth after C-section (VBAC) is considered safer for both mom and baby in low-risk pregnancies.

$9.7 million awarded to kidney transplantation research

Genome Canada has awarded $9.7 million to a project co-led by researchers at Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) that could change the face of transplant care. The funding will support a groundbreaking study—co-led by Dr. Paul Keown and Dr. Stirling Bryan from University of British Columbia, Dr. Ruth Sapir-Pichhadze from McGill University and Dr. Timothy Caulfield from University of Alberta—that aims to increase kidney transplant success rates by 50 per cent and save around $1-billion in health care costs over the next 15 years.

Physicians are seeing fewer patients over time

It is no secret that many Canadians have a hard time finding a family doctor or are on long waitlists to see a paediatrician, obstetrician or gynaecologist. This comes despite the fact that the number of primary care physicians in Canada has been on the rise since 1986—a conundrum that is addressed in a new study led by Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute researcher, Lindsay Hedden. 

Dr. Stirling Bryan Appointed Chair of the Canadian Institute of Health Services & Policy Research Advisory Board

We are pleased to announce that C2E2 Director, Dr. StirlingBryan, has been appointed Chair of the Canadian Institute of Health Services & Policy Research Advisory Board. For more details, please click here.

Patterns of Physician Retirement and Pre-Retirement Activity: A Population-Based Cohort Study

Lindsay Hedden, M. Ruth Lavergne, Kimberlyn M. McGrail, Michael R. Law, Lucy Cheng, Megan A. Ahuja and Morris L. Barer

CMAJ December 11, 2017 189 (49) E1517-E1523; DOI:


Syncope and Presyncope as a Presenting Symptom or Discharge Diagnosis in the Emergency Department: An Administrative Data Validation Study

Staples JA, Vadeanu C, Gu B, Erdelyi S, Chan H, Brubacher JR.

Can J Cardiol. 2017 Dec;33(12):1729-1732. doi: 10.1016/j.cjca.2017.08.026. Epub 2017 Sep 11.

Airway Diseases and Health Literacy (HL) Measurement Tools: A Systematic Review to Inform Respiratory Research and Practice

Shum J, Poureslami I, Wiebe D, Doyle-Waters MM, Nimmon L, FitzGerald JM; Canadian Airways Health Literacy Study Group.

Patient Educ Couns. 2017 Oct 27. pii: S0738-3991(17)30587-6. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2017.10.011



To identify and evaluate asthma/COPD measurement tools that assess any of the five health literacy (HL) domains: (1) access, (2) understand, (3) evaluate, (4) communicate, and (5) use, as well as numeracy.


People in profile: Asif Raza Khowaja

Meet Asif–award-winning maternal health researcher who is inspired by his son.

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