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Additional Affiliations

Family Physician, Vancouver
Associate Head and Clinician Scholar, Department of Family Practice, Faculty of Medicine, PHC
Site Faculty Lead, Resident Research, St. Paul’s Hospital Family Practice Residency, UBC
Clinical Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine, UBC
PhD Candidate, Department of Family Practice (Experimental Medicine), Faculty of Medicine, UBC

Research Interests
  • Frailty, aging
  • Polypharmacy
  • Deprescribing
  • Nursing homes
  • Advance care planning, end-of-life care
  • Patient-oriented research outcomes
  • Primary care research
  • Health services evaluation

Dr. Rita McCracken’s current practice is a combination of research, clinical work, teaching, and administration. She is a PhD candidate in the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) Experimental Medicine program and is studying polypharmacy in frail elders. A full-service family physician in Vancouver, she provides nursing home care at St. Vincent’s Langara. Since January 2010, she has been the Associate Head of Providence Health Care’s Department of Family and Community Medicine and works with clinical and operations colleagues to improve acute care services and their interface with the community. Dr. McCracken supervises and mentors the 30 family medicine residents in the St. Paul’s Family Practice residency site during their second-year research projects. She chose medicine as a second career after ten years working in Human Resources for high tech companies and has an undergraduate degree in Commerce from the University of Alberta. Dr. McCracken completed medical school at the University of Calgary and her Family Practice residency at St. Paul’s Hospital.

Health research in the heart of Vancouver