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Research interests

Health informatics; digital health; research synthesis; systematic reviews; meta-analysis; meta-aggregation of qualitative research; automation of systematic reviews; critical appraisal tools; validity and reliability; validation studies; 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
  • Automation of systematic reviews

 

Recent Seminars/Presentations

2020

  • Introduction to Systematic Reviews: Part I (Lecture for medical students; Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia; Lecture video recorded on 31st August 2020Lecture AbstractThe focus of Part I of the Systematic Review Lecture is on: (a) what is a systematic review, (b) the diversity of types of systematic reviews, (c) the steps in the systematic review process, and (d)  the diverse tasks involved in the systematic review process. At the end of the Lecture students will be able to: define what a systematic review is; enumerate different types of systematic reviews; enumerate the steps in the systematic review process; describe the diverse tasks performed in the different steps in the systematic review process)
  • Automation of Systematic Reviews: Tools for the Review Search Process (‘Research Clinic’ Seminar presentation, Centre for Health Informatics, Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, Zoom video presentation on 27th August 2020Presentation AbstractSystematic reviews are used across research and practice disciplines, including health informatics. There is a growing interest about developing and using automation tools for the systematic review process, given the significant investment of resources needed for the usual 'manually' conducted reviews and the potential to replace or complement and improve by automation some of the manually conducted time-consuming and not so inferentially-intensive tasks of the review, such as some of the tasks related to the search process. The systematic review search process is a multi-steps process, critical for the quality of the final report, and there are many automation initiatives addressed to it. The aim of the presentation is to introduce several existing automation tools for the review search process.)
  • Introduction to Statistics (Lecture for medical students; Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia; Lecture video recorded on 10th August 2020Lecture DescriptionIn this Lecture (1) I define what statistics is, (2) describe the role of statistics in scientific research, (3) present the essential concepts used in statistics, such as population and sample, parameter and statistic, variable etc., (4) describe the fundamentals of hypotheses testing and significance testing (null hypothesis, alternative hypothesis, P-value, Type I error, Type II error, Power etc.), and (5) survey some of the fundamental themes from current statistical literature such as parametric versus non-parametric approaches, robust statistical methods, data cleaning, missing data, the role of measurement and diverse scales of measurement, statistical conclusion validity etc.)

 

2019

  • 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)

 

2018

  • ‘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) [NOTESome of the ideas from my oral presentation (high inference and low inference review tasks; evaluation of automation tools by human discrimination, evaluation through problem benchmarks; the human-machine cooperation and the human contribution and the machine contributionwere summarised in the published article, the formal report on the Fourth Annual Meeting of the ICASR: A Focus on Cross-Purpose Tools, Automated Recognition of Study Design in Multiple Disciplines, and Evaluation of Automation Tools: A Summary of Significant Discussions at the Fourth Meeting of the International Collaboration for Automation of Systematic Reviews (ICASR) Syst Rev. 2020 May 4;9(1):100. doi: 10.1186/s13643-020-01351-4https://systematicreviewsjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13643-020-01351-4]
  • 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)

 

2017

  • 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)

 

2016

  • 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

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

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.

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Rinse-free hand wash for reducing absenteeism among preschool and school children

Munn, Z., Tufanaru, C., Lockwood, C., Stern, C., McAneney, H. & Barker, T. H., 9 Apr 2020, In : Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 4, p. CD012566 122 p., CD012566.

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    Use and uptake of web-based therapeutic interventions amongst Indigenous populations in Australia, New Zealand, the United States of America and Canada: a scoping review

    Reilly, R., Stephens, J., Micklem, J., Tufanaru, C., Harfield, S., Fisher, I., Pearson, O. & Ward, J., 31 May 2020, In : Systematic Reviews. 9, 1, p. 1-17 17 p., 123.

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  • A scoping review of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health promotion programs focused on modifying chronic disease risk factors

    Canuto, K. J., Aromataris, E., Burgess, T., Davy, C., McKivett, A., Schwartzkopff, K., Canuto, K., Tufanaru, C., Lockwood, C. & Brown, A., 14 Nov 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Health promotion journal of Australia : official journal of Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals. 29 p.

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