Johnston, Janice Mary

BHE(Br Col), MHSA(Alberta), PhD(HK), FFPH(RCP)(UK)
Associate Professor, Deputy Director (Education) and Division Head
Division of Health Economics, Policy and Management
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Dr Janice Mary Johnston has worked for the School of Public Health and its precursor the Department of Community Medicine since July 1990 and has extensive research, undergraduate and post-graduate education, and service experience. She specialises in the field of health policy and management.

Within the broad scope of health service research, her major interests include topics that

  1. have major impact on health service delivery and health care management locally and internationally,
  2. introduce economic evaluation to improve health care delivery and
  3. focus on improving equity in the provision and delivery of health care. 

She is principle or co-investigator of a number of research projects with a focus on

  1. healthcare policy, aspects of the organisation, management and quality of health care
  2. the computerisation of clinical practice as well as the acceptability and feasibility of electronic medical records among physician’s and patient’s and
  3. undergraduate and post-graduate teaching and learning.

In recent years, she has focused on developing the tools for and undertaking the evaluation of specific health service models including quality of care and healthcare accreditation, workload and team work within multidisciplinary teams, manpower planning and projection, aspects of care delivery for complex chronic diseases, assessing ‘value for money’ aspects of disease specific service delivery, waiting time, access to care, the public and private health care interface, computerisation of health care, and determinants of ‘cross-border’ health seeking behaviour.

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Selected Publications  (Pub Med Search)

  1. Leung GM, Ni MY, Wong PT, Lee H, Chan BHY, Stewart SM, Schooling CM, Johnston JM, Lam WWT, Chan SSC, McDowell IW, Pang HMH, Fielding R, Lam TH.  Cohort profile: FAMILY cohort.  International Journal of Epidemiology, 2017; 46(2): e1. [2016 IF=7.738] Ranked 5 out of 176 under the category of “Public, Environmental & Occupational Health”. (Cited by 13) [link]
  2. Wu B., Wang M., Grotzer T., Liu J. and Johnston J.M., Visualizing complex processes using a cognitive-mapping tool to support the learning of clinical reasoning, BMC Medical Education. 2016; 16(1): 216. [2016 IF=1.572] Ranked 19 out of 41 under the category of “Education, Scientific Disciplines”. (Cited by 9)  [link]
  3. Lam KFK, Johnston JM.  Depression and health-seeking behaviour among migrant workers in Shenzhen. International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 2015; 61(4): 350-7. [2016 IF=1.38] Ranked 90 out of 139 under the category of “Psychiatry”. (Cited by 7) [link]
  4. Shen C, Schooling CM, Chan WM, Zhou JX, Johnston JM, Lee SY, Lam TH.  Self-rated health and mortality in a prospective Chinese elderly cohort study in Hong Kong. Preventive Medicine, 2014; 67C: 112-8.  [2016 IF=3.434] Ranked 30 out of 176 under the category of “Public, Environmental & Occupational Health”; Ranked 24 out of 155 under the category of “Medicine, General & Internal”. (Cited by 11) [link]
  5. Wu B, Wang M, Johnston JM, Grotzer TA.  Improving the learning of clinical reasoning through computer-based cognitive representation.  Medical Education Online, 2014; 19: 25940.  [2016 JCR Social Science IF=1.096] Ranked 120 out of 235 under the category of “Education & Educational Research”. (Cited by 3) [link]
  6. Lam KKF, Johnston JM. Health insurance and healthcare utilization for Shenzhen residents: a tale of registrants and migrants? BMC Public Health, 2012; 12(1): 868.  [2016 IF=2.265]  Ranked 63 out of 176 under the category of “Public, Environmental & Occupational Health”.  (Cited by 18)  [link]
  7. Chen J, Schooling CM, Johnston JM, Hedley AJ, McGhee SM. How does socioeconomic development affect COPD mortality? An age-period-cohort analysis from a recently transitioned population in China.  PLoS Medicine, 2011: 6(9): e24348.  [2016 IF=11.862]  Ranked 7 out of 155 under the category of “Medicine, General & Internal”.  (Cited by 14) [link]
  8. Chan SKK, Wong IOL, Tin YKT, Fung A, Johnston JM, Leung GM. Satisfaction with inpatient care in a population-based Hong Kong Chinese sample. Quality and Safety in Health Care, 2010; 19(3): 173-81.  [2012 IF=2.160]  Ranked 27 out of 83 under the category of “Health Care Sciences & Services”.  (Cited by 5) [link]
  9. Johnston JM, Leung GM, Saing H, Kwok KO, Ho LM, Wong IOL, Tin KKY. Non-attendance and effective equity of access at four public specialist outpatient centers in Hong Kong. Social Science and Medicine, 2006; 62(10): 2551-64.  [2016 JCR Social Science IF=2.797]  Ranked 41 out of 176 under the category of “Public, Environmental & Occupational Health”.  (Cited by 16) [link]
  10. Yeung RYT, Leung GM, McGhee SM, Johnston JM. Waiting time and doctor shopping in a mixed medical economy.  Health Economics, 2004; 13(11): 1137-44.  [2016 IF=2.301]  Ranked 34 out of 90 under the category of “Health Care Sciences & Services”.  (Cited by 45) [link] Joomla 3.3 Templates