Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact

David Churchill

BSc (Memorial), MD (McGill), MSc (McMaster),

Professor, Department of Medicine

Associate Member, Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact

Attending Staff Physician, St. Joseph's Hospital


Academic Interests

Dr. Churchill's clinical activities are in care of patients with chronic renal failure, both as inpatients and outpatients. Major clinical interests include urolithiasis, peritoneal dialysis, and hemodialysis. He was the principal investigator of a 14 centre Canada/USA study on the Adequacy of Peritoneal Dialysis. Other research interests include the effect of a membrane biocompatibility and hydraulic flux on clinical outcome, quality of life research and polycystic kidney disease.

Selected Publications

  1. Churchill DN, Thorpe KE, Nolph K, Keshaviah PR, Oreopoulos DG, Page D for the CANUSA Peritoneal Dialysis Study Group : Increased peritoneal membrane transport is associated with decreased patient and technique survival for continuous peritoneal dialysis patients. J Am Soc Nephrol 9:1285-1292, 1998
  2. Churchill DN, Taylor DW, Keshaviah PR for the CANUSA Peritoneal Dialysis Study Group : Adequacy of dialysis and nutrition in continuous peritoneal dialysis ; association with clinical outcomes. J Am Soc Nephrol 1996;7:198-207
  3. Churchill DN, Taylor DW, Cook RJ, LaPlante P, Barre P, Cartier P, Fay WP, Goldstein MB, Jindal K, Mandin H, McKenzie JK, Muirhead N, Parfrey PS, Posen GA, Slaughter D, Ulan RA, Werb R : Canadian Hemodialysis Morbidity Study . Amer J Kid Dis 1992;19:214-234
  4. Canadian Erythropoietin Study Group. The effect of recombinant human erythropoietin on the quality of life and exercise capacity of patients on hemodialysis. Brit Med J 1990;300:573-578
  5. Churchill DN, Torrance GW, Taylor DW, Barnes CC, Ludwin D, Shimizu A, Smith EKM: Measurement of quality of life in end-stage renal disease; the time trade-off approach. Clin Invest Med 1987;10:14-20
  6. Churchill DN, Bear JC, Morgan J, Payne RH, McManamon PJ, Gault MH: Adult onset polycystic kidney disease – a reappraisal of prognosis. Kidney Int. 1984;26:190-193

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