Dr. Trafford Crump

Dr. Robert Trafford Crump, PhD


Assistant Professor

Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Surgery

Adjunct Lecturer

Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Surgery


Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute

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Educational Background

B.A. , Bishop's University, 2000

Doctor of Philosophy , Dartmouth College, 2010

M.P.A. , New York University, 2004


Dr. Crump is a health services researcher with an interest in studying the measurement challenges often encountered when conducting economic evaluations of health care interventions. 


Areas of Research

Area of Focus
  • Health Services Research
Summary of Research

Dr. Crump's earlier research involved developing the methods for eliciting health care preferences from community-dwelling Medicare beneficiaries in the United States (U.S.). The motivation underlying this work was to assess whether these preferences were responsible for the geographic variations in the utilization of care observed in the U.S. Dr. Crump's more recent research has expanded into linking primary data collected from patients with large administrative data sets maintained by regional and provincial health authorities. Dr. Crump is part of a University of British Columbia-led research team – which includes strong collaboration from the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority and the B.C. Ministry of Health – that has undertaken one of the largest systematic collections of patient-reported outcomes (PROs) in Canada. The objective of this research is to better understand how these PRO data can be linked with regional data to improve wait times for elective surgery.