Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact

Lawrence Mbuagbaw

PhD (McMaster), MPH (Israel), MD (Cameroon)

Assistant Professor, Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact

Research Methodologist/Clinical Epidemiologist, Biostatistics Unit, Father Sean O’Sullivan Research Centre, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton

Member, Society for Clinical Trials

Member, International Epidemiology Association

Member, Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research

905.522.1155 Ext. 35929

Biostatistics Unit, St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton,
3rd Floor, Martha Wing, Room H-321,
50 Charlton Avenue East,
Hamilton, ON, L8N 4A6

Academic Interests

My research interests are mother and child health, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) care, health systems research, mHealth and health research methodology – with a focus on enhancing biostatistics and epidemiological techniques to improve health outcomes using pragmatic knowledge translation designs which may be quantitative, qualitative or mixed. I am also interested in health research capacity building and research career development. My current work includes providing methodological and statistical support to researchers in various settings, and enhancing health outcomes using mobile technology.

Selected Publications

  1. Mbuagbaw L, Thabane L, Ongolo-Zogo P. Training Cameroonian researchers on pragmatic knowledge translation trials: a workshop report. The Pan African Medical Journal. 2014;19:190.
  2. Mbuagbaw L, Momnougui RCB, Thabane L, Ongolo-Zogo P. The Health Competence Measurement Tool (HCMT): developing a new scale to measure self-rated “health competence”. Patient Education and Counseling 2014.
  3. Mbuagbaw L, Bonono-Momnougui RC, Thabane L, Kouanfack C, Smieja M, Ongolo-Zogo P. A framework for community ownership of a text messaging programme to improve adherence to antiretroviral therapy and client-provider communication: a mixed methods study. BMC Health Services Research 2014, 14:441.
  4. Mbuagbaw L. Mobile phone reminders for follow-up care in a pediatric HIV population. The Lancet Infectious Diseases. 2014, 14(7):540-1.
  5. Mbuagbaw L, Thabane M, Vanniyasingam T, Debono VB, Kosa S, Zhang S, Ye C, Parpia S, Dennis BB, Thabane L: Improvement in the quality of abstracts in major clinical journals since CONSORT extension for abstracts: A systematic review. Contemporary Clinical Trials. 38 (2014) 245–250.
  6. Mbuagbaw L, van der Kop ML, Lester RT, Thirumurthy H, Pop-Eleches C, Ye C, et al. Mobile phone text messages for improving adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART): an individual patient data meta-analysis of randomised trials. BMJ Open. 2013;3(12).
  7. Mbuagbaw L, Morfaw F, Kunda JEL, Mukonzo JK, Kastner J, Zhang S, Kokolo M, Thabane L. Tips for charting the course of a successful health research career. Journal of MultidisciplinaryHealthcare. 2013; 6:163–168.
  8. Mbuagbaw L, Thabane L, Ongolo-Zogo P, Lester RT, Mills EJ, Smieja M, et al. The Cameroon Mobile Phone SMS (CAMPS) Trial: A Randomized Trial of Text Messaging versus Usual Care for Adherence to Antiretroviral Therapy. PLoS One. 2012; 7 (12): e46909.
  9. Mbuagbaw L, Ye C, Thabane L. Motivational interviewing for improving outcomes in youth living with HIV. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2012, Issue 9. Art. No.: CD009748. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD009748.pub2.
  10. Mbuagbaw L, Gofin R. A New Measurement for Optimal Antenatal Care: Determinants and Outcomes in Cameroon. Maternal and Child Health Journal. 2011; 15:1427-1434.

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