Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact

Michael Wilson

BHSc (McMaster), PhD (McMaster)

Assistant Professor, Dept of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact

Assistant Director, McMaster Health Forum

Investigator, Program in Policy Decision-Making

Member, Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis

905-525-9140 x 22674

Program in Policy Decision-Making
CRL 209
McMaster University
1280 Main St. West
Hamilton, ON L8S 4K1

Academic Interests

Mike's research is focused on supporting the use of research evidence by health system stakeholders such as community-based organizations and policymakers. He is also interested in research related to the politics of healthcare systems and the social determinants of health for people living with HIV/AIDS. Mike helped lead the development of Health Systems Evidence (, the world’s most comprehensive, free access point for high-quality evidence about how to strengthen or reform health systems, or how to get cost-effective programs, services and drugs to those who need them. In addition, Mike is currently developing a similar evidence service entitled SHARE (Synthesized HIV/AIDS Research Evidence), which is designed to help health system stakeholders efficiently find and use HIV-relevant research syntheses. Mike teaches in the Health Policy PhD, Health Research Methodology and Bachelor of Health Sciences programs. He holds a PhD from the Health Research Methodology Program at McMaster University, a Diploma in Health Services and Policy Research from Ontario Training Centre in Health Services and Policy Research and a BHSc from McMaster University.

Selected Publications

  1. Wilson MG, Moat K, Lavis JN. The global stock of systematic reviews relevant to health systems policymaking. Health Research Policy & Systems 2013; 11: 32.
  2. Wilson MG, Husbands W, Makoroka L, Rueda S, Greenspan N, Eady A, Dolan L-A, , Kennedy R, Cattaneo J, Rourke SB.  Counseling, case management and health promotion for people living with HIV/AIDS: An overview of systematic reviews. AIDS & Behavior 2013; 17(5): `612-1625.
  3. Wilson MG, Lavis JN, Grimshaw J. Supporting the use of research evidence in the Canadian health sector. Healthcare Quarterly 2012; 15(special issue): 58-62.
  4. Guta A, Nixon S, Wilson MG. Resisting the seduction of “ethics creep”: Using Foucault to surface complexity and contradiction in research ethics review. Social Science & Medicine 2012; [epub ahead of print - doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2012.09.019].
  5. Wilson MG, Lavis JN, Guta A.  Community-based organizations in the health sector: A scoping review. Health Research Policy & Systems 2012; 10(1): 36.
  6. Moat K, Lavis JN, Wilson MG, Røttingen,J-A. & Bärnighausen,T. Twelve myths about systematic reviews for health system policymaking. Journal of Health Services Research and Policy 2013; 18(1): 44-50.
  7. Wilson MG & Lavis JN.  Community-based organizations and how to support their use of systematic reviews:  A qualitative study.  Evidence & Policy 2011; 7(4): 449-469.
  8. Wilson MG, Lavis JN, Grimshaw J, Haynes RB, Bekele T & Rourke SB.  Effects of an evidence service on community-based AIDS service organizations' use of research evidence: A protocol for a randomized controlled trial.  Implementation Science 2011; 6:52.
  9. Wilson MG, Lavis JN, Travers R, Rourke SB. Community-based knowledge transfer and exchange: Helping community-based organizations link research to action. Implementation Science 2010;5(1):33.
  10. Lavis JN, Wilson MG, Oxman AD, Lewin S, Fretheim A. SUPPORT Tools for evidence-informed health Policymaking (STP) 4: Using research evidence to clarify a problem. Health Research Policy and Systems 2009;7(Suppl 1):S4.

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