Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact


Sarah McDonald

BA (Princeton), MD (Toronto), FRCSC, MSc (Clinical Epidemiology, Toronto)

Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Associate Member, Departments of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact, and Diagnostic Imaging

Graduate Faculty Status, Health Research Methodology (HRM)

Canada Research Chair (TierII) in Maternal and Child Obesity Prevention and Intervention (effective 2015)

CIHR New Investigator Salary Award 2009-2014

1280 Main Street West, room 3N52B
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, L8S 4K1
Phone: (905) 525-9140, ext 26559
Fax:  (905) 524-2911, attention: Sarah McDonald
Email:  mcdonals@mcmaster.ca

Academic Interests

Dr. McDonald’s research program aims to improve the physical and mental well-being of women and their children by assisting women to gain health, rather than excessive amounts of weight during pregnancy.

Selected Publications

  1. Kapadia M, Park C, Beyene J, Giglia L, Maxwell C, McDonald S. Can we safely recommend gestational weight gain below the 2009 guidelines in obese women? A systematic review and meta-analysis. Canadian Institutes of Health Research Grant # KRS134301. Accepted. Obesity Reviews. Sept 19, 2014. (Manuscript #OBR-06-14-1950 R2).
  2. Kapadia MZ, Gaston V, Van Blyderveen S, Schmidt L, Beyene J, Mcdonald H, McDonald S. Trimester specific gestational weight gain and psychological risk factors: A systematic review. Accepted for publication. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology, Nov 24, 2014.
  3. Rodger MA, Hague WM, Kingdom J, Kahn SR, Karovitch A, Sermer M, Clement AM, Coat S, Chan WS, Said J, Rey E, Robinson S, Khurana R, Demers C, Kovacs MJ, Solymoss S, Hinshaw K, Dwyer J, Smith G, McDonald S, Newstead-Angel J, McLeod A, Khandelwal M, Silver RM, Le Gal G, Greer IA, Keely E, Rosene-Montella K, Walker M, Wells PS; for the TIPPS Investigators. Antepartum dalteparin versus no antepartum dalteparin for the prevention of pregnancy complications in pregnant women with thrombophilia (TIPPS): a multinational open-label randomised trial. Lancet. 2014 Jul 24. pii: S0140-6736(14)60793-5. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(14)60793-5.
  4. Morais M, Mehta C, Murphy K, Shah P, Giglia L, Smith P, Bassil K, McDonald S. How often are late preterm births the result of non-evidence based practices: analysis from a retrospective cohort study at two tertiary referral centres in a nationalised healthcare system. BJOG. 2013 Nov;120(12):1508-14.
  5. Kingston, D ; Austin, MP; Hegadoren, K; McDonald, S; Lasiuk, G; McDonald, S; Heaman, M; Biringer, A;Sword, W; Giallo, R; Patel, T; Lane-Smith, M; van Zanten, SV. Study protocol for a randomized, controlled, superiority trial comparing the clinical and cost-effectiveness of integrated online mental health assessment-referral-care in pregnancy to usual prenatal care on prenatal and postnatal mental health and infant health and development: the Integrated Maternal Psychosocial Assessment to Care Trial (IMPACT). Trials 2014 Mar 6: 15(72): doi: 10.1186/1745-6215-15-72.
  6. Dzakpasu S, Fahey J, Kirby RS, Tough SC, Chalmers BC, Heaman MI, Bartholomew S, Biringer A, Darling EK, Lily S Lee LS and McDonald SD. Contribution of prepregnancy body mass index and gestational weight gain to caesarean birth in Canada. BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth 2014 Mar 8: 14: doi: 10.1186/1471-2393-14-106
  7. McDonald SD, Pullenayegum E, Taylor V, Lutsiv O, Bracken K, Good C, Hutton E, Sword W. Despite 2009 guidelines few women report being counseled correctly about weight gain during pregnancy. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2011;205:333.e1-6. Editor’s Choice.
  8. Han Z, Mulla S, Beyene J, Liao G, and McDonald SD on behalf of the Knowledge Synthesis Group. Maternal underweight and the risk of preterm birth and low birth weight: A systematic review and meta-analyses. Int J of Epidemiology 2011 Feb;40(1):65-101. Knowledge Translation for Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Knowledge Synthesis/Translation Grant # KRS 86242.
  9. McDonald SD, Han Z, Mulla S, Beyene J, on behalf of the Knowledge Synthesis Group. Maternal overweight and obesity and the risk of preterm birth and low birth weight: A systematic review and meta-analyses. British Medical Journal (BMJ) BMJ.2010 Jul 20;341:c3428. doi: 10.1136/bmj.c3428. Knowledge Translation for Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Knowledge Synthesis/Translation Grant # KRS 86242.
  10. McDonald SD, Han Z, Mulla S, Ohlsson A, Beyene J, Murphy KE; on behalf of the Knowledge Synthesis Group. Preterm birth and low birth weight among in vitro fertilization twins: A systematic review and meta-analyses. Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 2010 Feb;148(2):105-113. Knowledge Translation for Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Knowledge Synthesis/Translation Grant # KRS 86242.

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