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Rita McCracken


Dr. Rita McCracken’s current practice is a combination of research, clinical work, teaching, and administration.

Research Interests

  • Audit and feedback to improve primary care prescribing
  • Health human resources
  • Polypharmacy and deprescribing
  • Frailty, ageing
  • Patient-oriented research outcomes
  • Primary care research
  • Health services evaluation

Her research interests include minimizing harm from prescription medication, especially for older people and using research methods to measure and plan for health human resources planning in primary care.

She is a full-service, community-based family physician in East Vancouver, and also provides nursing home care at St. Vincent’s Langara. Dr. McCracken supervises and mentors family medicine residents in the St. Paul’s Family Practice residency site for their research projects. She is Principal Investigator for The Models and Access Atlas of Primary Care: British Columbia.

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.