Melissa Brouwers

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Melissa C. Brouwers, PhD

Dr. Melissa Brouwers is a Professor and Lead of Health Services Research in the Department of Oncology, McMaster University; Deputy Director and Scientist,  Escarpment Cancer Research Institute, McMaster University; associate member in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University and the Provincial Director (Scientific) of the Program in Evidence-based Care (PEBC), Cancer Care Ontario (CCO).

She holds a PhD in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario.  Melissa is an active and leading member of various national and international health services research groups with a special focus on practice guidelines including the Principal Investigator of the AGREE Enterprise – a research program aimed to improve the quality and implementability of guidelines; the Knowledge Translation Lead of the CanIMPACT project – a national program of research aimed to improve outcomes for people affected by cancer; and a member of the KT-NET Advisory Committee of the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR).  She is also the McMaster University co-lead for the National KT-STIHR (Strategic Training Initiative in Health Research) grant and a member of KT Canada.

Melissa's primary research interests include the development, dissemination, implementation and evaluation of evidence-based decisions products such as clinical practice guidelines, standards, and quality indicators, models of decision-making, and knowledge translation and/or brokering. Her teaching interests include research methods, behaviour sciences and social sciences.

Key Publications:

Brouwers M, Stacey D, O’Connor A.  Knowledge Translation Tools In:  Straus SE, Tetro J, Graham ID, editors. Knowledge translation in health care:  moving from evidence to practice. 2nd ed.  Oxford: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 2013 Aug. p. 50-62. 

Brouwers M, Kho ME, Browman GP, Burgers JS, Cluzeau F, Feder G, Fervers B, Graham ID, Grimshaw J, Hanna S, Littlejohns P, Makarski J, Zitzelsberger L for the AGREE Next Steps Consortium. AGREE II: Advancing guideline development, reporting and evaluation in healthcare.  Can Med Assoc J.  2010 Dec;182:E839-42.  doi:10.1503/cmaj.090449.

Brouwers MC, Makarski JM, Kastner M, Hayden L, Bhattacharyya O. The Guideline Implementability Decision Excellence Model (GUIDE-M): a mixed methods approach to create an international resource to advance the practice guideline field. Implement Sci 2015 Mar 10:36 doi:10.1186/s13012-015-0225-1.


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