Sex, gender and equity in prescription drug access, appropriateness, and affordability

Project number: 
Approval date: 
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Principal Investigator: 
Centre for Health Services and Policy Research (CHSPR)
Funding Agency: 
Canadian Institutes of Health Research(CIHR)
Datasets requested: 
Home and Community Care (BC Ministry of Health)
MSP Practitioner File
Deaths (BC Vital Statistics Agency)
Consolidation - demographic (Ministry of Health)
Consolidation registry (Ministry of Health)
Hospital Separations (BC Ministry of Health)
consolidation - census geocodes
MSP Registration & Premium Billing(BC Ministry of Health)
Medical Services Plan (BC Ministry of Health)
Income band (Statistics Canada)
Research objective: 

Journal Publication

  • Morgan, S., E. Gladstone, D. Weymann, N. Kahn. (2017) “The effects of catastrophic drug plan deductibles on older women’s use of prescription drugs” CMAJ Open 5(1): E198-E204
  • Ke, C., S. Morgan, K. Smolina, D. Gasevic, H. Qian, N. Khan. (2016) “Mortality and Cardiovascular Risk of Sulfonylureas in South Asian, Chinese, and Other Canadians with Diabetes” Canadian Journal of Diabetes S1499-2671(16)30106-X. doi: 10.1016/j.jcjd.2016.08.218
  • Smolina, K., E. Gladstone, K. Rutherford, and S. Morgan. (2016) “Patterns and trends in long-term opioid use for non-cancer pain in British Columbia, 2005-2012” Canadian Journal of Public Health 107(4-5): e404–e409
  • Morgan, S., D. Weymann, B. Lewis, K. Smolina, E. Gladstone, C. Raymond, and B. Mintzes. (2016) “Sex differences in the risk of receiving potentially inappropriate prescriptions among older adults” Age and Aging 45 (4):
    535-542 doi: 10.1093/ageing/afw074
  • Smolina, K., E. Gladstone, and S. Morgan. (2016) “Determinants of trends in prescription opioid use in British Columbia, Canada, 2004-2013”
    Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety 25(5):553-9
  • Weymann, D., K. Smolina, E. Gladstone, and S. Morgan (2016) “High-cost users of prescription drugs: a population-based analysis from British Columbia, Canada” HSR DOI: 10.1111/1475-6773.12492
  • Smolina, K., L. Ball, N. Khan, K. Humphries, and S. Morgan (2015) “Sex disparities in post-acute myocardial infarction pharmacologic treatment initiation and adherence: a problem for young women” Circulation:
    Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes 8(6): 586-92
  • Ke, C., S. Morgan, K. Smolina, D. Gasevic, H. Qian, N. Khan. (2017) “Is Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Therapy Effective in South Asian, Chinese, and Other Patients with Diabetes? A Population-Based Cohort Study from Canada”
    BMJ Open [in press]
  • Gladstone, E., K. Smolina, and S. Morgan (2015) “Trends and sex differences in prescription opioid deaths in British Columbia” BMJ Injury Prevention
  • Deirdre Weymann, Emilie J. Gladstone, Kate Smolina, Steven G. Morgan. “Long-term sedative use among community-dwelling adults: a population-based analysis”. CMAJ Open. January 24, 2017. vol. 5 no. 1 E52-E60.
  • Morgan, S.G., and D. Weymann (2017) “Patterns, predictors and persistence of chronic sedative use: a population-based observational study of older adults in British Columbia, Canada” European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology doi:10.1007/s00228-017-2253-z
  • Gladstone, Emilie J. MPH; Smolina, Kate PhD; Weymann, Deirdre MA; Rutherford, Kimberly MD; Morgan, Steven G. PhD Geographic Variations in Prescription Opioid Dispensations and Deaths Among Women and Men in British Columbia, Canada. Medical Care: November 2015 - Volume 53 - Issue 11 - p 954–959 doi: 10.1097/MLR.0000000000000431

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