Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact

Gina Browne

B.Sc.N. (Catherine Spaulding College, Kentucky),
MS (Boston), MEd (Toronto- OISE), PhD (Toronto- OISE)
, Hon.LL.D (Ryerson), FCAHS

Professor, School of Nursing

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

Founder and Director, Health & Social Service Utilization Research Unit (formerly System-Linked Research Unit)

Faculty Member, Ontario Training Centre in Health Services and Policy Research

MOHLTC Theme Lead, Innovative and Integrated Systems of Prevention and Care

905.525.9140 x22293

Office location:
Health and Social Service Utilization Research Unit
McMaster Innovation Park
175 Longwood Road South, Suite 210A
Hamilton, ON  L8P 0A1

Administrative Assistant: Fiona Myers
905.525.9140 x 22707

Academic Interests

Dr. Browne teaches and supervises students in both the HRM program and the graduate programs of the School of Nursing.

Since 1978, Gina has been in clinical practice as the family therapist for a Halton Health Service Organization. She has a long track record of conducting research in chronic illness and service utilization at McMaster University, in developing others in the conduct of research, linking and coordinating a variety of clinical and research initiatives. She is particularly interested in clientele shared by health and social sectors, the combination of problems that guides simultaneous use of services, factors which explain the variability of client outcomes and the cost of a “life without purpose” to society. It has been said that, “Gina often thinks the unthinkable, says the unsayable and does the undoable!”

Current Graduate Students
Chair, McMaster University, Faculty of Nursing, Theses Committees:
L. Teague, PhD (Nursing), 2011, ongoing
L. Costantini, PhD (Nursing), 2011, ongoing
K. Cook, PhD (Nursing), 2007, ongoing
R. Wong, BHSc, 2012, ongoing
T. Mahmood, BHSc, 2012, ongoing
J. D’Cruz, BHSc, 2012, ongoing
M. Elharram, BHSc, 2011, ongoing

Member, McMaster University, Faculty of Nursing, Thesis Committee:
C. Ye –PhD, HRM, 2010, ongoing

Recent Graduate Students
S. Carroll, Post-Doctoral Fellow of the HSFO/Michael G. DeGroote Chair in Cardiovascular Nursing Research (2011-2012)
L. Dysart, MSc (HRM) (2009, completed, 2011)
A. Garnett, MSc (Nursing) (2010, completed 2012)

Selected Publications

  1. Browne G, Birch S, Thabane L.  Better Care and Better Value for Canadians:  Recommendations from The National Expert Commission.  Review of the Literature.  Commissioned in competition by Canadian Health Services Research Foundation (CHSRF) and funded by Canadian Nurses Association (CNA).  January 18 2012.
  2. Cheung A, Dewa C, Michalak E, Browne G, Levitt A, Levitan R, Enns M, Morehouse R, Lam R.  Direct Health Care Costs of Treating Seasonal Affective Disorder: A Comparison of Light Therapy and Fluoxetine.  Depression Research and Treatment, Volume 2012, Article ID 628434, 5 pages, 2012. doi:10.1155/2012/628434.
  3. Ye C, Browne G, Grdisa V, Beyene J, Thabane L.  Measuring the degree of integration for an integrated service network.  The International Journal of Integrated Care, Volume 12: 1-15, 2012. URN:NBN:NL:UI:10-1-113112 / ijic2012-137.
  4. Browne G. More Effective/Less Expensive Health Services Also Address the Social Determinants of Health. The Journal of the Ontario Association of Social Workers, 37(1), 2011.
  5. Browne G. Making the Case for Youth Recreation Integrated Service Delivery: More Effective and Less Expensive. Social Issues in Canadian Sport: Third Edition, 189-196, 2010.
  6. Browne G. Integrating Health Services to Serve Vulnerable People More Cost-effectively in Ontario, Canada. KPMG International, A Better Pill to Swallow, 2010.
  7. Browne G. Knowledge Translation: Getting Efficacious Interventions Incorporated Into Practice: Lessons Learned. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, December 2009; Vol 41(4), 83-89.
  8. Browne, G., Roberts, J., Byrne, C., Gafni, A., Weir, R., Majumdar, B. The Costs and Effects of Addressing the Needs of Vulnerable Populations: Results of 10 Years of Research.  Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 41, 1:193-203, 2009.
  9. Browne G, Kingston D, Grdisa V, Markle-Reid M.  Conceptualization and Measurement of Integrated Human Service Networks for Evaluation. International Journal of Integrated Care, Vol. 7:1-6, 2007.
  10. Procter S, Watson B, Byrne C, Bremner J, van Zwanenberg T, Browne G , Roberts J, Gafni A. The development of an applied whole-systems research-methodology in health and social service research: A Canadian and United Kingdom collaboration. In Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods Reader: A Canadian Orientation Pearson Education Canada Inc., British Columbia, 2005.

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