Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact

Brian Hutchison

BA (Western), MD (Western), MSc (McMaster), CCFP, FCFP

Professor Emeritus, Department of Family Medicine

Joint Member, Dept of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact

Scientific Advisor for Primary Healthcare, Canadian Health Services Research Foundation

Senior Advisor, Health Quality Ontario

Co-Chair, Canadian Working Group for Primary Healthcare Improvement


Academic Interests

Brian Hutchison is Professor Emeritus in the Departments of Family Medicine and Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact at McMaster University. He is past Director (2002-2005) of the McMaster University Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis (CHEPA) and served as founding Editor-in-Chief of Healthcare Policy (2004-2009) and President of the Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research (2010-2011). He practiced comprehensive family medicine for five years in a fee-for-service group practice, followed by 25 years in a McMaster University academic family practice. Brian held a National Health Research Scholar award from Health Canada from 1994 to 1999. He was the 2004 recipient of the Health Services Research Advancement Award presented by the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award in Family Medicine Research from the College of Family Physicians of Canada in 2008. His areas of research and policy interest include organization, funding and delivery of primary and community care, needs-based health care resource allocation and funding methods, provider payment methods, quality improvement and preventive care.

Selected Publications

  1. Hutchison B, Birch S, Hurley J, Lomas J, Stratford-Devai F. Do physician-payment mechanisms affect hospital utilization? A study of Health Service Organizations in Ontario. Canadian Medical Association Journal 1996;154:653-61.
  2. Hutchison B, Birch S, Evans CE, Goldsmith LJ, Markham BA, Frank J, Paterson M. Screening for hypercholesterolaemia in primary care: randomised controlled trial of postal questionnaire appraising risk of coronary heart disease. British Medical Journal 1998;316:1208-13.
  3. Hutchison B, Birch S, Evans CE, Goldsmith LJ, Markham BA, Frank J, Paterson M. Selective opportunistic screening for hypercholesterolemia in primary care practice. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology 1998;51:817-25.
  4. Hutchison BG, Hurley J, Birch S, Lomas J, Walter SD, Eyles J, Stratford-Devai F. Needs-based primary medical care capitation: development and evaluation of alternative approaches. Health Care Management Science 2000;3:89-99.
  5. Hutchison B, Abelson J, Lavis J. Primary care in Canada: So much innovation, so little change. Health Affairs 2001;20(3):116-131.
  6. Hutchison B, Østbye T, Barnsley J, Stewart M, Rynard V, Mathews M, Campbell MK, Vayda E, Harris S, Tyrrell C. Patient satisfaction and quality of care in walk-in clinics, family practices and emergency departments: the Ontario Walk-in Clinic Study. Canadian Medical Association Journal 2003;168(8):977-983.
  7. Hutchison B, Levesque J-F, Strumpf E, Coyle N. Primary health care in Canada: Systems in motion. The Milbank Quarterly 2011; 89(2):256-288.

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