Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact

Pasqualina (Lina) Santaguida

BSc. (Toronto), MSc. (Waterloo), PhD (Toronto)

Assistant Professor (Part-time), Dept of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact

Associate Member, School of Rehabilitation Science

905.525.9140 x 22149

McMaster Innovation Park
Room 207A
175 Longwood Rd.
South Hamilton, ON, L8P 0A1



Academic Interests

Dr. Santaguida’s academic research interests are broad and include work in four main areas: knowledge translation ( knowledge syntheses methods, systematic reviews, rapid reviews, meta-epidemiologic methods, risk of bias assessment, reporting of harms); aging and mobility related disorders (cervical spine disorders, use of orthoses, musculoskeletal related disability, osteoarthritis, physical therapy; utilization of complementary and alternative therapies); health outcomes (measurement properties of patient specific instruments, criteria to select outcomes); and accessing online health information (evaluation of quality of health information).

Selected Publications

  1. Zorzela L, Loke YK, Ioannidis JP, Golder S, Santaguida PL, Altman DG, Moher D, Vohra S. PRISMA Harms: improving harms reporting in systematic reviews. BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 01 February 2016).
  2. Gross A, Kay TM, Paquin JP, Blanchette S, Lalonde P, Christie T, Dupont G, Graham N, Burnie S, Gelly G, Goldsmith CH, Forget M, Hoving JL, Brønfort B, Santaguida PL, COG. Exercises for mechanical neck disorders. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2015, Issue 1. Art. No.: CD004250. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD004250.pub5.
  3. Don-Wauchomp A, Santaguida PL. Grading Evidence for laboratory tests studies beyond diagnostic accuracy: Application to prognostic testing. eJIFCC, Vol 26, No. 3, July 2015, pg. 168-182.
  4. Santaguida PL, Don-Wauchope AC, Ali U, Oremus M, Brown JA, Bustamam A, et al. Incremental value of natriuretic peptide measurement in acute decompensated heart failure (ADHF): a systematic review. Heart Fail Rev 2014 Aug;19(4):507-19.
  5. Carlesso LC, Macdermid JC, Gross AR, Walton DM, Santaguida PL. Treatment preferences amongst physical therapists and chiropractors for the management of neck pain: results of an international survey. Chiropr Man Therap 2014;22(1):11.
  6. Santaguida PL, MacQueen G, Keshavarz H, Levine M, Beyene J, Raina P. Treatment for Depression After Unsatisfactory Response to SSRIs. Rockville (MD): Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; 2012 Apr. Report No.: 12-EHC050-EF.
  7. Santaguida PL, Gross A, Busse J, Gagnier J, Walker K, Bhandari M, et al. Complementary and alternative medicine in back pain utilization report. Rockville (MD) Agency for Health Research and Quality, Evid Rep Technol Assess (Full Rep) 2009 Jan;(177):1-221.

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