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.

Q: Tell us about your research and why you’re interested in this area?

Helmet Regulation in Vietnam: Impact on Health, Equity, and Medical Impoverishment

Olson Z, Staples JA, Mock C, Nguyen NP, Bachani AM, Nugent R, Verguet S. Helmet regulation in Vietnam: impact on health, equity and medical impoverishment. In: Mock CN, Nugent R, Kobusingye O, Smith KR. (eds.) Injury prevention and Environmental health. Disease control priorities. Vol. 7.  3rd ed. Washington, DC: The World Bank; 2017. p. 213-221.

Mortality by Timing of Hip Fracture Surgery - Factors and Relationships at Play

Katie Jane Sheehan, PhD, Boris Sobolev, PhD, and Pierre Guy, MD

J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2017;99:e106(1-9). DOI: 10.2106/JBJS.17.00069

Margaret McGregor Appointed Board Member for Vancouver Coastal Health

A health authority board of directors helps ensure that British Columbians receive the best possible care in an efficient, well-managed public health-care system. Boards are responsible for the governance and management of health services in the province. They work with health authority leadership to establish the organization’s overall vision and ensure there is appropriate community consultation. Boards also regularly review the organization's long-term plans, look at significant issues affecting the organization and evaluate results.