George KephartPhD


Phone: 902-494-5193
Mailing Address: 
Centre for Clinical Research, Room 416, 5790 University Ave, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 1V7
Research Topics:
  • health services research
  • patient oriented health research
  • chronic disease management
  • chronic disease surveillance
  • health resource planning
  • demography


  • Ph.D. 1990 Sociology, University of Wisconsin - Madison (specialization in Demography)
  • M.S. 1985 Sociology, University of Wisconsin - Madison (specialization in Demography)
  • B.S. 1982 Sociology, University of California, Riverside (high honors)


  • CH&E 5030W - Research Methods in Community Health and Epidemiology

Research interests

Dr. Kephart's research interests include health policy evaluation, equity and access to health services, chronic disease surveillance and chronic disease management. His current research projects focus on the development of new patient reported measures of self-management that can be used for clinical assessment and research, and using small area rate variation methods to identify targets for chronic disease prevention and management interventions.disease surveillance using linked administrative and clinical data sources.

Selected publications 

Packer T, Fracini A, Audulvd A, Alizadeha N, van Gaal B, Warner G, Kephart G. What we know about the purpose, theoretical foundation, scope and dimensionality of existing self-management measurement tools: A scoping review. Patient Education and Counseling. 2017 Oct 25. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2017.10.014.

Abel H, Kephart G, Packer T, Warner G. Discordance in Utility Measurement in Persons with Neurological Conditions: A Comparison of the SF-6D and the HUI3. Value in Health, 2017;20(8), 1157-1165.

Terashima M, Kephart G. Misclassification errors from postal code-based geocoding to assign census geography in Nova Scotia, Canada. Can J Public Health. 2016 Dec 27;107(4-5):424-30.

Campbell LA*, Blake J, Kephart G, Grunfeld E, MacIntosh D. Understanding the effects ofcompetition for constrained colonoscopy services with the introduction of population-level colorectal cancer screening: a discrete event simulation model. Medical Decision Making. 2016: 0272989X16670638.

Kephart G, Atherton F, Asada Y, Burge F, Campbell LA, Campbell M, Lawson B, Levy A, Terashima M, Lethbridge L, Dowling L, Dyer J. Small Area Rate Variation in the Prevalence and Characteristics of High-Cost Users of Health Care Services in Nova Scotia. Maritime SPOR SUPPORT Unit, Dalhousie University, 2016.

Audulv Å, Packer T, Hutchinson S, Roger KS, and Kephart G. Coping, adapting or self-managing - what is the difference? A concept review based on the neurological literature. J Adv Nurs. 2016;72(11):2629-2643.

Ngooi BX*, Packer TL, Kephart G, Warner G, Koh KW, Wong RC, and Lim SP. Validation of the Patient Activation Measure (PAM-13) among adults with cardiac conditions in Singapore. Qual Life Res. 2016; 1-10.

Lix LM, Yao X, Kephart G, Quan H, Smith M, Kuwornu JP, Manoharan N, Kouokam W, Sikdar K. A prediction model to estimate completeness of electronic physician claims databases. BMJ open. 2015 Aug 1;5(8):e006858.

Packer TL, Kephart G, Ghahari S, Audulv Å, Versnel J, Warner G. The patient activation measure: A validation study in a neurological population. Qual Life Res 2015, Jan 6.

Asada Y, Kephart G, Hurley J, Yoshida Y, Smith A, Bornstein S.  The role of proximity to death in need-based approaches to health care. Health Policy. 2012; 106(3): 291-302, DOI: 10.1016/j.healthpol.2012.04.004)

Layes A, Asada Y, Kephart G. Whiners and deniers - What does self-rated health measure? Social Science and Medicine.  2011; 75(1):1-9. 

Kephart G, Asada Y. Need-based resource allocation: different need indicators, different results?  BMC Health Serv Res. 2009 Jul 21;9:122. 

Birch S, Kephart G, Murphy GT, O'Brien-Pallas L, Alder R, MacKenzie A. Health human resources planning and the production of health: development of an extended analytical framework for needs-based health human resources planning. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2009 Nov;15(6 Suppl):S56-61.

Selected awards and honours 

2011   Certificate of Merit, Outstanding Contributions to Medical Education, Canadian Association of Medical Education

1997-2002      Clinical Research Scholar, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University

Service & Activity

2017 - present    College of Reviewers, Canadian Institute of Health Research

2014-2015          Peer Review Committee Member, Health Policy and Systems Management Research Peer Review Committee, Canadian Institutes of Health Research

2007-2010          Peer Review Committee Member, Health Services Evaluation and Interventions Research Peer Review Committee, Canadian Institutes of Health Research 

Dr. Kephart is co-founder and former Director of Health Data Nova Scotia, which has established a large health data warehouse to support population and health services research.