Associate Professor
PhD (SFU), MSc (SFU), BA (UBC)
On leave: Sep 1, 2014-Aug 31, 2015
Rm 201, 2206 East Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3
phone: 6048226812

Jason Sutherland joined UBC’s School of Population and Public Health and the UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research in 2009. Dr. Sutherland is a highly regarded and recognized leader in researching the link between financial incentives and hospital behaviours. Dr. Sutherland is a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar and is the Commonwealth Foundation’s 2012 Harkness Fellow in Health Policy and Clinical Practice.

Dr. Sutherland is currently leading three CIHR-funded studies. This first is studying the effects of changing the incentives for hospital funding. Dr. Sutherland is also leading a study investigating potential links between funding policy and changes in patient reported health outcomes. In his third study, Dr. Sutherland is examining the potential for ‘bundling’ health care services across time, settings and providers.

Dr. Sutherland is currently an associate editor of Health Policy, an international journal for health policy research and holds advisory roles with the B.C. Ministry of Health and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

Dr. Sutherland has recently completed projects examining potential roles of financial incentives for Canadian healthcare, and has developed methods for estimating the marginal costs of hospitalizations for different patient types.

Dr. Sutherland has previously led efforts to develop and implement a case mix measurement tool for inpatient rehabilitation, known as called Rehabilitation Patient Groups in collaboration with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Affecting a broad array of rehabilitation patients in Ontario, this health system measurement tool is applied to hospitals that treat patients with stroke, joint replacement and brain injury. This case mix measurement tool is now applied by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) to hospital based rehabilitation.

Before joining UBC, Jason was an Assistant Professor at Dartmouth College’s The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (2007-2009). From 2004-2007, Jason was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Biostatistics at Indiana University. At this time, he was also an Assistant Research Scientist at the Center of Excellence on Implementing Evidence Based Practice, Roudebush Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center in Indianapolis, Indiana.

SPPH 581 Methods for Analyzing Routinely Collected Data

Sutherland, Jason M. and Crump, R.T. (2011). Exploring alternate level of care (ALC) and the role of funding policies: An evolving evidence based for Canada. CHSRF Series of Reports on Cost Drivers and Health System Efficiency, Paper 8. Canadian Health Services Research Foundation (CHSRF), Ottawa: Canada.

Sutherland, Jason M., Barer, M.L., Evans, R.G. and Crump, T. (2011). Will paying the piper change the tune? Healthcare Policy, 6(4): 16-24.

Sutherland, Jason M., McGrail, K., Law, M., Barer, M. and Crump, R.T. (2011). British Columbia Hospitals: Examination and Assessment of Payment Reform (B-CHeaPR). BMC Health Services Research., 2011, 11:50. doi:10.1186/1472-6963-11-150.

Sutherland, Jason M. (2011) Hospital funding in Canada: An overview and options for Canada., Cost Drivers and Health System Efficiency Series, Paper 4. Canadian Health Services Research Foundation (CHSRF), Ottawa: Canada.

Schmid AA, Kroenke K, Hendrie HC, Bakas T, Sutherland JM, Williams LS. Poststroke depression and treatment effects on functional outcomes. Neurology. 2011;76:1000-1005.

Sutherland, J.M., Hamm, J. and Hatcher, J. (2010). A general method for adjusting case mix payment amounts for inaccurately reported clinical data. Health Care Management Science. 2010; 13(1), 65-73. DOI: 10.1007/s10729-009-9112-0.

Song, Y., Skinner, J., Bynum, J., Sutherland, J., Wennberg, J.E., Fisher, E.S. (2010). Regional variations in diagnostic practices. New England Journal of Medicine. 10.1056/NEJMsa0910881.

Gottleib, D., Zhou, W., Sung, Y., Andrews, K., Skinner, J. and Sutherland, J.M. (2010). Prices Don’t Drive Regional Medicare Spending Variations. Health Affairs, 29(3): 537-543, 10.1377/hlthaff.2009.0609.

Birkmeyer, J.D., Gust, C., Baser, O., Dimick, J.B., Sutherland, J.M., Skinner, J.S. (2010). Medicare payments for common inpatient procedures: Implications for episode-based payment bundling. Health Services Research. Aug 2010, DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-6773.2010.01150.x.

Weeks, W.B., Gottlieb, D.J., Nyweide, D.E., Sutherland, J.M., Bynum, J., Casalino, L.P., Gillies, R.R., Shortell, S.M. and Fisher, E.S. (2010). Higher health care quality and bigger savings found at large multispecialty medical groups. Health Affairs, 29(5): 991-997.

Stubbs DL, Krebs EE, Bair MJ, Damush TM, Wu J, Sutherland JM, Kroenke K. (2010). Sex differences in pain and pain-related disability among primary care patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain. Pain Medicine, 2010, 11(2):232-239. DOI: 10.1111/j.1526-4637.2009.00760.x

Alderman, A.K., Bynum, J., Birkmeyer, N., Sutherland, J.M., Birkmeyer, J. (2010). Surgical treatment of breast cancer among the elderly in the United States. Cancer, September.

Sutherland, J.M., Fisher, E. and Skinner, J. (2009). Getting past denial – The high cost of health care in the United States. New England Journal of Medicine, 2009; 361(13):1227-30, DOI:10.1056/NEJMp0907172.

Sutherland, J.M. and Steinum, O. (2009). Hospital factors associated with clinical data quality. Health Policy. 10.1016/j.healthpol.2009.01.007; 91(2009) 321-326.

Sutherland, J.M., Castelluccio, P. and Schwarz, C.J. (2009). A multi-level model for continuous time population estimation. Biometrics, 841–849 September. DOI: 10.1111/j.1541-0420.2008.01129.x.

Krebs, E., Lorenz, K.A., Bair, M.J., Damuch, T.M., Wu, J., Sutherland, J.M., Asch, S.M., Kroenke, K. (2009). Development and initial validation of the PEG, a 3-item scale assessing pain intensity and interference. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2009 May. DOI: 10.1007/s11606-009-0981-1.

Research Interests
◦ Development of methods for monitoring and evaluating health system performance

◦ Measuring burden of illness

• Exploring causes and consequences of variations in health system utilization and funding
Recruiting graduate students interested in:
◦ Developing methods for monitoring and evaluating health system performance

◦ Evaluating hospital cost structure

◦ Measuring burden of illness

• Continuity of care and case mix measurement
Affiliations and Awards
◦ Executive Committee, Patient Classification Systems International (2006-Present)

◦ Advisory Committee Member, Canadian Institute for Health Information, Case Mix Advisory Group/Technical Working Group, Ottawa, Canada (2004-Present)

• Advisory Committee Member, Canadian Institute for Health Information, Ambulatory Care Case Mix Redevelopment Project, Ottawa, Canada (2009-Present)