Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact

Murray Enkin

MD (Toronto)

Professor Emeritus, Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact and
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Senior Consultant, Centre for eHealth Innovation







Dr. Enkin graduated in medicine from the University of Toronto in 1947.  He practiced first as a rural family doctor in Saskatchewan, then as a community obstetrician and gynecologist in Hamilton. He joined the faculty when McMaster opened the medical school, and holds a joint appointment in the departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact.  Throughout his career he has been interested in the patient perspective in medical practice, most specifically in childbirth education and family centred maternity. His interests broadened to include critical evaluation of obstetrical practices and procedures, and with colleagues in Oxford he helped to develop a comprehensive database of randomized trials in perinatal medicine. This went on to serve as a pilot and demonstration project for the systematic reviews of the Cochrane Collaboration.  He is an Associate Editor of ‘Evidence Based Medicine’, is on the Editorial Board of ‘Birth, Issues in Perinatal Care and Education’, and Senior Consultant to the Program in eHealth Innovation at the University of Toronto.   He has received honorary doctorates from Ryerson Polytechnic University and from McMaster University. Since his appointment as Professor Emeritus in 1988, Dr. Enkin has continued to tutor in a number of HRM courses, winding down now that he is approaching octogenarian status.

The Enkin Lectureship

The Departments of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact and Obstetrics & Gynecology jointly host the Enkin Lectureship. The lectureship reflects a focus on the essential role of science in the service of humanity, and the restoration or introduction of humanitarian values into science in general, and into clinical research in particular. The Lectureship is awarded to individuals from any country who are engaged in clinical research, challenging existing methods or accepted ideas in the content or conduct of clinical: research, and is capable of delivering a high-quality lecture that would appeal to an audience of broad interests.

Selected Publications

  1. Enkin, MW, Keirse MJNC, Neilson J, Crowther C, Duley L, Hodnett E, Hofmeyr J (2000). A Guide to Effective Care in Pregnancy and Childbirth (third edition), Oxford, Oxford University Press.
  2. Jadad AR, Enkin MW (2000). The new alchemy: transmuting information into knowledge in an electronic age. CMAJ 162:1826-1828.
  3. Enkin MW, Jadad AR (1998). Using anecdotal information in evidence-based health care: heresy or necessity? Annals of Oncology 9:963-966.
  4. Enkin MW (1996). The need for evidence-based obstetrics. Evidence-based Medicine 1: (5) 132-133.
  5. Mohide PT, Enkin MW (1996). Clinical trials in perinatal medicine; the Canadian contribution. Journal of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada 18: (5) 413-422.
  6. Enkin MW (1996). The need for evidence-based obstetrics. Evidence-based Medicine 1 (5) 132-133.
  7. Enkin MW, Hetherington J (1996). Collecting the evidence systematically: ensuring that it is complete and up to date. International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care 12: (2)276-279.
  8. Enkin MW (1995). Systematic summaries and dissemination of evidence: the Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Database. Seminars in Perinatology, 19: 155-1600.
  9. Chalmers I, Enkin MW, Keirse MJNC (1989). Effective Care in Pregnancy and Childbirth, Oxford, Oxford University Press.
  10. Enkin MW, Chalmers I. (1982) editors. "Effectiveness and Satisfaction in Antenatal Care". Spastics International Medical Publications/William Heinemann Medical Books, London.

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