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.

Stirling Bryan and team receive $100,000 funding from CIHR to conduct a Systematic Review and Expedited Knowledge Synthesis.

The project is titled "Patient-Reported Outcome Measurement in the Context of Primary Health Care Reform: A Systematic Review and Expedited Knowledge Synthesis." What are the most effective ways to measure the health outcome changes, as reported by patients themselves, resulting from primary health care reforms? Our emphasis on outcomes as reported by patients themselves is driven by a belief that individual patients are the best judges of their own welfare. 

The British Columbia Abortion Provider's Survey (BCAPS): Comparing Pratice and Challenges in Rural Vs. Urban Settings
Event date: Monday, February 06, 2012, from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Location: Room 700 of the VGH Research Pavillion




Article among top 25 downloads on the Annals Of Emergency Medicine homepage.


Boris Sobolev, Corinne Hohl, Jeff Brubacher, Lisa Kuramoto, Riyad Abu-Laban, Bohdan Noysk, Sam Sheps and Peter Zed are the proud authors of Outcomes of Emergency Department Patients Presenting with Adverse Drug Events.

Among the hundreds of thousands of Annals articles downloaded from Science Direct each year, this article was ranked among the top 25 downloads from July-September 2011.


Jennifer Davis publishes an article: International comparison of cost of falls in older adults living in the community

Jennifer Davis' article titled "International comparison of cost of falls in older adults living in the community" was published in Osteoporosis International.

You can view the entire article, International comparison of cost of falls in older adults living in the community.

Dr. Stirling Bryan co-authors a publication - Hypothetical versus real preferences: results from an opportunistic field experiment

A recent Publication / Report published by Dr. Stirling Bryan, the Centre Director:

Hypothetical versus real preferences: results from an opportunistic field experiment

Stirling Bryan, Sue Jowett


Congratulations to Dr. Stirling Bryan and team on their recent CIHR success

Dr. Stirling Bryan, Centre for Clinical Epidemiology & Evaluation; UBC Dept of Medicine, along with co-investigators Margaret McGregor, Najib Ayas, Jennifer Baumbusch, Mimi Doyle-Waters, Lisa Kuramoto, and Ellen Balka, received $110,000 through CIHR's pilot Expedited Knowledge Synthesis competition for their evidence synthesis on "Nurse staffing and training requirements in long-term care facilities". The 6-month project involves working with policy makers in the Saskatchewan Health Ministry to inform judgements on appropriate nurse staffing in long-term care facilities.