Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact

Nancy Wilczynski

BA (McMaster), MSc (McMaster), PhD (McMaster)

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

Research Manager, Health Research Information Unit

905.525.9140 x 22780




Academic Interests

Current research interests are primarily in knowledge translation research, medical informatics, information retrieval and quality of reporting. Of particular interest is enhancing the effectiveness of clinical end-user searches to improve the retrieval of clinically relevant and scientifically sound study reports from the large electronic biomedical databases such as MEDLINE

Recent Graduate Students:
Cynthia Lokker (MSc eHealth)

Selected Publications

  1. Wilczynski NL, McKibbon KA, Walter SD, Garg AX, Haynes RB. MEDLINE clinical queries are robust when searching in recent publishing years. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2012;00:1–6. doi:10.1136/amiajnl-2012-001075 e-pub ahead of print, Sept 27.
  2. Wilczynski NL, McKibbon KA, Haynes RB. Search filter precision can be improved by NOTing out irrelevant content. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2011;2011:1506-13.
  3. Wilczynski NL, McKibbon KA, Haynes RB. Sensitive Clinical Queries retrieved relevant systematic reviews as well as primary studies: an analytic survey. J Clin Epidemiol. 2011;64:1341-9.
  4. Wilczynski NL, Haynes RB; for the QI Hedges Team. Optimal search filters for detecting quality improvement studies in Medline. Qual Saf Health Care. 2010 Dec;19:e31.
  5. Wilczynski NL, Haynes RB. Consistency and accuracy of indexing systematic review articles and meta-analyses in Medline. Health Info Libr J. 2009 Sep;26:203-10.
  6. Wilczynski NL. Quality of reporting of diagnostic accuracy studies: no change since STARD statement publication--before-and-after study. Radiology. 2008;248:817-23.
  7. Wilczynski NL, Haynes RB. Indexing of diagnostic accuracy studies in MEDLINE and EMBASE. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2007 Oct 11:801-5.
  8. Wilczynski NL, Garg AX, Haynes RB; Nephrology Hedges Team. A method for defining a journal subset for a clinical discipline using the bibliographies of systematic reviews. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2007;129(Pt 1):721-4.
  9. Wilczynski NL, Marks S, Haynes RB. Search strategies for identifying qualitative studies in CINAHL. Qual Health Res. 2007;17:705-10.
  10. Wilczynski NL, Haynes RB; Hedges Team. EMBASE search strategies achieved high sensitivity and specificity for retrieving methodologically sound systematic reviews. J Clin Epidemiol. 2007;60(1):29-33.

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