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.

Innovation in Healthcare: Lines of Sight to Policy and Practice

Dr. Noseworthy’s lecture will address learning healthcare systems seeking to achieve elevated levels of performance. Key characteristics of high performance will be posed, and their line of sight discussed from innovation, research evidence and measurement to effective actions in clinical policy and practice. Strategic Clinical Networks (SCNs) in Alberta will be used as exemplars. Current day observations and suggestions will be offered for three policy issues needing attention in the Canadian healthcare system: primary health care, waste and affordability.

Better understanding of human behaviour could save health care billions

A stunning per cent of health care spending in Canada may be wasted on services that are either ineffective or harmful.  That’s the conclusion of many health care analysts. The solution?  A better understanding of human psychology. This unique approach is at the core of the upcoming annual public lecture at the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation (C2E2). The feature speaker is Steven Lewis, a health policy analyst and consultant. 

Studentship opportunities for prospective PhD students

Studentships available for PhD studies at UBC! The studentships will support health services research in hip fracture care. More info:

Katie Sheehan
Patient and System Factors of Time to Surgery After Hip Fracture: A Scoping Review

Katie J Sheehan, Boris Sobolev, Yuri F Villán Villán, Pierre Guy

BMJ Open 2017;7:e016939. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-016939

C2E2 Annual Lecture 2017 Guest Speaker: Steven Lewis

Abandoning Illusions, Confronting Biases: What Behavioural Economics Tells Us About Strategies to Improve Health Care

Allan Best

My interest in better understanding what works for who and why stretches back to dissertation work … uhh, 50 years ago. At the time, as a PhD student in clinical psychology, the interest was in individual therapy – different kinds of therapy work better for different people and different problems. These days, the focus is on health system improvement – how do we make transformative change in complex health systems?