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Health Human Resources

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Wong ST, Farrally V. The Utilization of Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants: A Research Synthesis. Vancouver: Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research; 2013.
McGrail KM, Evans RG, Barer ML, Kerluke KJ, McKendry R. Diagnosing senescence: Contributions to physician expenditure increases in British Columbia, 1996/97 to 2005/06. Healthcare Policy. 2011;7(1):41-54.
McGrail KM, Watson D. More Doctors or Better Care? Healthcare Policy. 2009;5(1):26-31.
Wong ST, Watson D, Young E, Mooney D, MacLeod M. Primary Health Care Registered Nurses in British Columbia. Vancouver (BC): UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research; 2006.
Watson D, Black CD, Peterson S, Mooney D, Reid RJ. Primary Health Care Physicians in British Columbia. Vancouver (BC): UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research; 2006.

Health Human Resources

The federal, provincial and regional health policy and management communities have identified health human resources as a key and enduring priority for planning and investment. Canadians support this priority, and view improved human resource planning as an essential component in ensuring the long-term sustainability and accessibility of the entire health care system.

CHSPR has a long history of producing stakeholder responsive, data-driven research and reports for the provincial health human resource planning community. Recent British Columbia Ministry of Health-funded work by researchers at the Centre developed capacity in province-wide, system-level primary health care evaluation—including the sector’s health human resources. This project compiled what might be the most accurate picture of the supply, distribution and characteristics of physicians and nurses providing primary care in British Columbia.

New research, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, is designed to provide policy-makers and planners with a comprehensive and nuanced understanding of the service provision dynamics underlying recent shifts in perceptions regarding physician supply in British Columbia.