Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact

Parminder Raina

BSc (Saskatchewan), PhD (Guelph)

Professor, Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact

Raymond and Margaret Labarge Chair in Research and Knowledge Application for Optimal Aging

Canada Research Chair in GeroScience, Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Director, McMaster Evidence Review and Synthesis Centre (MERSC)

Co-Director, R. Samuel McLaughlin Centre for Research and Education in Aging and Health

Principal Investigator, Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA)

Principal Investigator, Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging – Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI)

Vice Editor-in-Chief, Chinese Journal of Evidence-Based Medicine

Associate Editor, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Member, Population Health Research Institute

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McMaster University
MIP 309A
175 Longwood Rd. S.
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
L8P 0A1

Administrative Coordinator: Roxanne Cheeseman
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Academic Interests

Dr. Parminder Raina specializes in geroscience including successful aging, aging brain, disability, and fall related injury. Dr. Raina is Director of McMaster University Evidence-Based Practice Center (AHRQ Designated Center) and has an appointment in the Institute of Population Health at Hamilton General Hospital.

Dr. Parminder Raina is a Professor in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McMaster University. He specializes in the epidemiology of aging with emphasis on developing the interdisciplinary field of geroscience to understand the processes of aging from cell to society and was recently awarded a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Geroscience. Dr. Raina holds the inaugural Raymond and Margaret Labarge Chair in Optimal Aging and is the lead principal investigator of the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging. He is the Director of the internationally recognized McMaster Evidenced-based Practice Center which is funded by the U.S based Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and CIHR funded McMaster Evidence Synthesis and Review Centre (MERSC).  Dr. Raina holds several national and international grants and has published many peer-review reports and articles for national and international agencies, and in leading scientific journals.

Graduate Studies – Supervisor/Advisor

Lisa Strifler, MSc
Jinhui Ma, Phd
Sara Kaffashian , MSc
Amanda Lo, MSc
Sanjay Mahant, MSc
Alok Gupta, MSc
Shannon Weir, MSc
Jerome Fan, MSc

MSc and PhD Thesis Committee

Natalia Yakubovich
Hedy Jiang
Kaelan Moat
Afeez Abiola Hazzan
Jonathan Sachs, MSc
Michael Wilson, PhD
Hanan Smadi, PhD
Afisi Ismalia, PhD
Kalpana Nair, PhD


Selected Publications

  1. *Klassen A, Raina P, McIntosh C, Sung L, Klaassen R, O’Donnell M, Yanofsky R, Dix D. Parents of children with cancer: which factors explain differences in health-related quality of life. International Journal of Cancer 2010 Nov 9 (Epub ahead of print)
  2. Lavis JN, Wilson MG, Grimshaw J, Haynes RB, Ouimet M, Raina P, Gruen R, Graham I. Supporting the Use of Health Technology Assessments in Policy Making about Health Systems, International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care 2010; 26(4):405-14 (epub 2010 Oct 6)
  3. *Oremus, M., Santaguida, PL., Raina, P, Efficacy and Safety of Galantamine Hydrobromide in the Treatment of Mild to Moderate Dementia. Clinical Medicine Insights: Therapeutics 2010:2 809–824.
  4. *Griffith LE, Raina P, Wu H, Zhu B, Stathokostas L. Population attributable risk for functional disability in Canadian older adults: chronic conditions. Age and Ageing (Advance Access published September 1, 2010, Age and Ageing 2010; 0: 1–8 doi: 10.1093/ageing/afq105).
  5. *Oremus, M., Raina, P., Eva, K., Lavis, J., Nair, K., Lo, A., Smith, S. The Impact of Clinician Judgment on Formulary Committee Members’ Recommendations to Insure a Medication for Alzheimer’s Disease. Journal of Health Research Services Policy. Feb. 2010. doi:10.1258/jhsrp.2009.009105
  6. Wilson, B., Qureshi, N., Santaguida, PL., Little, J., Carroll, J., Allanson, J., Raina, P.  A Systematic Review For A National Institutes Of Health State-of-the-science Conference: Family History In Risk Assessment For Cancer And Chronic Disease In Adults. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2009;151:878-885.
  7. Toronto International Data Release Workshop Authors, For a list of authors go to ( Prepublication data sharing: Rapid release of prepublication data has served the field of genomics well. Attendees at a workshop in Toronto recommend extending the practice to other biological data sets. Nature September 2009, Vol 461|10.
  8. *Oremus, M., Tarride, JE., Clayton, N., Raina, P. Support for a tax increase to provide unrestricted access to an Alzheimer's disease medication: a survey of the general public in Canada. BMC Health Services Research Dec 2009, 9[1]:246.
  9. Qureshi N, Carroll JC, Wilson B, Santaguida P, Allanson J, Brouwers M, Raina P. The current state of cancer family history collection tools in primary care: a systematic review. Genet Med. 2009 Jul;11(7):495-506. Review. PMID: 19521245
  10. Raina P, Wolfson C., Kirkland SA., Griffith LE., Oremus M., Patterson, C., Tuokko H., Hogan D., Wister A., Payette H., Brazil K., Shannon H. The Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA). Canadian Journal on Aging, CLSA Special Issue Volume 28, Number (3), 2009, 221-229

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