Grace Johnston

Professor Emeritus


Related Information

Phone: (902) 494-1309
Fax: (902) 494-6849
Mailing Address: 
Sir Charles Tupper Medical Building, 2nd floor
5850 College Street
PO Box 15000
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2 Canada
Research Topics:
  • End of life and palliative care
  • Epidemiology
  • Assessing the quality of data in population registries
  • Administrative databases
  • Record linkage
  • Inter-professional learning
  • Cancer control


Dr. Johnston researches palliative and end-of-life care.  She leads the Network of End of Life Studies and is a consultant epidemiologist with the Cancer Care Program, Nova Scotia Health Authority.


  • BSc in Honours Biophysics, McGill University
  • MHSA, University of Alberta
  • Ph.D. in Epidemiology, University of Western Ontario

Selected Publications

  • Park G, Johnston G, Urquhart R, Walsh G, McCallum M (2018) Comparing enrolees to non-enrolees of cancer patient navigation at end of life. Current Oncology. 25(3):e184-e192

  •  Urquhart R, Giguere A, Lawson B, Kendell C, Holroyd-Leduc J, Puyat JH, Kazanjian A, Straus S, Johnston G (2017) Rules to identify persons with frailty in administrative health databases. Canadian Journal on Aging. 36(4):514-521.

  • Johnston G, Urquhart R, Lethbridge L, MacIntyre M (2016) Increasing our understanding of dying of breast cancer: comorbidities and care. Progress in Palliative Care 24(3): 147-152

  • Sabo B, Johnston G (2016) Understanding the challenges of transitioning to palliative care. Canadian Journal of Neuroscience Nursing 38(1):48-55

  • Burge F, Lawson B, Johnston G, Asada Y, McIntyre P, Grunfeld E, Flowerdew G (2015) Preferred and actual location of death: What factors enable a preferred home death? Journal of Palliative Medicine 18(12): 1054-9