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Research interests

Health informatics; digital health; research synthesis; systematic reviews; meta-analysis; automation of systematic reviews; critical appraisal tools; validity and reliability; validation stidies; generalizability and applicability of results; 

Biography

Dr Catalin Tufanaru, M.D., MPH, MClinSci (EBHC), PhD, is Research Fellow at the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Digital Health, at the Centre for Health Informatics, at the Australian Institute of Health Innovation. Prior to his arrival at Macquarie University in July 2018, Catalin was a Research Fellow at the Joanna Briggs Institute, at University of Adelaide (from January 2009 to July 2018). 

Catalin has previously worked as General Practitioner, Public Health Specialist Physician and Researcher. He has been widely involved with multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary working in the fields of evidence-based healthcare, health policy analysis, clinical practice guidelines development, health promotion and social marketing.
 
Catalin is the first author of a book on conducting systematic reviews of economic evidence (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, 2011), first author of a book on statistics for systematic reviews (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, 2012), author of a book on health policy analysis (Transilvania University Press, 2009), co-author of a book on organizational marketing and social marketing (Iuliu Hatieganu Medical University Press, 2007), and one of the co-authors of the European Union Network of Health Technology Assessment EUnetHTA Handbook on HTA Capacity Building (EUnetHTA, Barcelona, 2008).
 

Teaching

Teaching Interests
  • Evidence-based medicine/practice/healthcare
  • Statistics for evidence-based healthcare
  • Systematic reviews of quantitative evidence (effectiveness) & Meta-Analysis
  • Systematic reviews of qualitative evidence & Meta-Synthesis
  • Systematic reviews of non-research evidence (expert opinion; public policy documents)
  • Scoping reviews
  • Umbrella reviews
  • Rapid reviews
 
Recent Seminars/Presentations
  • Systematic reviews of expert opinion and policy documents (One Day Workshop; on conducting systematic reviews of expert opinion and public policy documents; workshop collaboration between the NHMRC CRE in Digital Health, at the Centre for Health Informatics, and the NHMRC Partnership Centre for Health System Sustainability, at the Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, 8th February 2019)
  • ‘High-inference’ and ‘Low-inference’ Tasks in Systematic Reviews: Evaluation of Systematic Reviews Automation IQ (Oral Presentation; Presentation at the Fourth Annual Meeting of the International Collaboration for the Automation of Systematic Reviews [ICASR], Hague, Netherlands, 5th November 2018)
  • Systematic reviews of non-research evidence [Systematic reviews of expert opinion and policy documents] (‘Research Clinic’ Seminar presentation, Centre for Health Informatics, Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, 25th October 2018) 
  • Systematic reviews of non-research evidence [Systematic reviews of expert opinion and policy documents] (Presentation at the NHMRC Partnership Centre for Health System Sustainability, Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, 15th October 2018)
  • What kind of systematic review should I conduct? [Types of Systematic Reviews; Decision-making ‘Screening’ Questions; Decision-making Criteria] (Seminar presentation, Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, 3rd October 2018)
  • Systematic Reviews - Types, Approaches, and Common Issues (‘Research Clinic’ Seminar presentation, Centre for Health Informatics, Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, 30th August 2018)
  • Network Meta-Analysis: Theoretical Aspects & Real Data Published Examples (Graduate Research Seminar, The Joanna Briggs Institute, HDR Higher Degree by Research Program, HDR Research School, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia, August 2017)
  • Presenting and Interpreting the Results of Systematic Reviews of Quantitative Evidence (Graduate Research Seminar, The Joanna Briggs Institute, HDR Higher Degree by Research Program, HDR Research School, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia, August 2017)
  • Conclusions versus Decisions in Quantitative Research (HSRAANZ Webinar Series, Health Services Research Association of Australia & New Zealand, June 2017)
  • Beyond hypothesis and significance testing in health research (Graduate Seminar, Transdisciplinary Measurement and Evaluation Research Group, University of Adelaide, Australia, May 2017)
  • Statistical Misconceptions in Evidence-based Medicine (Aged and Extended Care Services Research Seminar, Basil Hetzel Institute, Adelaide, Australia, April 2017)
  • The Likelihood Statistical Approach & Bayesian Statistical Approach (Graduate Research Seminar, The Joanna Briggs Institute, HDR Higher Degree by Research Program, HDR Research School, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia, August 2016)
  • Statistics and Evidence-Based Health Care: The role of statistics, issues, solutions? (The Joanna Briggs Institute, Graduate Research Seminar, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia, May 2016) 
  • Statistical, Practical and Clinical Significance (Graduate Research Seminar, The Critical & Ethical Mental Health Group, Robinson Research Institute, The University of Adelaide, Australia, March 2016)
 

Research engagement

Catalin is a Research Affiliate at The Critical and Ethical Mental Health (CEMH) research group, the Robinson Research Institute, the University of Adelaide.

Catalin is involved in the new initiative Restoring invisible and abandoned trials (RIAT initiative). The report of the RIAT re-examination of Study 329 is available as open access full text article from BMJ.

He is Associate Investigator at NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Aboriginal Chronic Disease Knowledge Translation and Exchange (CREATE).

Education/Academic qualification

Medicine - Evidence-based healthcare, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), The University of Adelaide

Evidence-based healthcare, Master of Clinical Science (MClinSci), The University of Adelaide

Public Health Medicine, Master of Management of Public Health and Health Services (Master of Public Health, MPH), The University of Medicine and Pharmacy Carol Davila, Bucharest, Romania

Medicine, Medical Doctor (MD), The University of Medicine and Pharmacy Carol Davila, Bucharest, Romania

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Research Outputs 2010 2019

Restoring Study 329: efficacy and harms of paroxetine and imipramine in treatment of major depression in adolescence

Le Noury, J., Nardo, J. M., Healy, D., Jureidini, J., Raven, M., Tufanaru, C. & Abi-Jaoude, E., 16 Sep 2015, In : BMJ (Online). 351, p. 1-16 16 p., h4320.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
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Effectiveness and harms of pharmacological treatments for delirium in adult intensive care patients after cardiac surgery: a systematic review

Leigh, V., Tufanaru, C. & Elliott, R., 2019, In : Australian Critical Care. 32, Supplement 1, p. S3-S4 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting abstractResearchpeer-review

Delirium
Thoracic Surgery
Intensive Care Units
Length of Stay
Pharmacology

Effectiveness of psychotherapies that engage with the voices of Voice Hearers: a systematic review protocol

Scott, W., McArthur, A. & Tufanaru, C., 1 Jun 2018, In : JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports. 16, 6, p. 1373-1380 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Psychotherapy
Quality of Life
Pharmacology
Research

Prevalence of mental disorders in Uganda: a systematic review protocol

Nelson Opio, J., Tufanaru, C. & Aromataris, E., 1 Jan 2018, In : JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports. 16, 8, p. 1613-1620 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articleResearchpeer-review

Uganda
Mental Disorders
Neurodevelopmental Disorders