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Hsien Seow 2018

Hsien Seow

Canada Research Chair in Palliative Care and Health System Innovation
Canadian Institute of Health Research New Investigator Awardee
Past Cancer Care Ontario Research Chair in Health Services Research
Site Director, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES)
Associate Member, Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact (HEI)
Associate professor, Department of Oncology
Member, Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis (CHEPA)

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Hamilton, ON
L8V 5C2

Hsien Seow is the Canada Research Chair in Palliative Care and Health System Innovation and and an Associate Professor in the Department of Oncology at McMaster University. He is also the McMaster Site Director, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES). Previously he held a CIHR New Investigator award and the Cancer Care Ontario Chair in Health Services Research. He earned a PhD is from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and a BSc from Yale University. His research interests are innovating the palliative care health system and improving quality of care. He has worked with RAND Health, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Health Quality Ontario, various health policy makers to improve hospice palliative care. He has created guides and tools, which can be found on his website. (


  • health services research
  • palliative and end-of-life care
  • health system innovation 
  • quality improvement
  • transitions in cancer care


Seow H, Bainbridge D. A review of the essential components of quality palliative care in the home. Journal of Palliative Medicine. 2018. 21(S1):S37-S44.

Seow H, Arora A, Barbera L, McGrail K, Lawson B, Burge F, Sutradhar R. Does access to end-of-life homecare nursing differ by province and community size?: A population-based cohort study of cancer decedents across Canada. Health Policy. 2017. 11:014.

Seow H, Bainbridge D, Brouwers M, Pond G, Cairney J. Validation of a modified VOICES survey to measure end-of-life care quality: The Caregiver Voice surveyBMC Palliative Care. 2017. Aug 30; 16(1):44.

Seow H, Dhaliwal G, Fassbender K, Rangrej J, Brazil K, Fainsinger R. The effect of community-based specialist palliative care teams on place of care Journal of Palliative Medicine. 2016 Jan;19(1):16-21. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2015.0063. 

Seow H, Barbera L, Pataky R, Lawson B, O'Leary E, Fassbender K, McGrail K, Burge F, Brouwers M, Sutradhar R. Does Increasing Home Care Nursing Reduce Emergency Department Visits at the End of Life? A Population-Based Cohort Study of Cancer Decedents. Journal of Pain Symptom Management. 2015. Oct 26. 

Seow H, Brazil K, Sussman J, Pereira J, Marshall D, Austin PC, Husain A, Rangrej J, Barbera L. Impact of community based, specialist palliative care teams on hospitalisations and emergency department visits late in life and hospital deaths: a pooled analysisBMJ. 2014 Jun 6;348:g3496. doi: 10.1136/bmj.g3496.

Seow H, Sussman J, Martelli-Reid L, Pond G, Bainbridge, D.  Do High Symptom Scores Trigger Clinical Actions? An Audit After Implementing Electronic Symptom Screening. Journal of Oncology Practice. 2012 November 8 (6) e142-e148.

Seow HY, Whelan P, Levine MN, Cowan K, Lysakowski B, Kowaleski B, Snider A, Xu RY, Arnold A. Funding oncology clinical trials: are cooperative group trials sustainable? Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2012. May 1;30(13):1456-61.

Seow H, Barbara L, Howell D, Dy SM. Did Ontario’s End-of-Life Strategy Reduce Acute Care Service Use? Health Quarterly. 2010;13(1):93-100.



  • health research and evaluation methods
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