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Dr. Robin Urquhart ‑ Department of Surgery Ramia Scientist

Dr. Robin Urquhart, PhD

Robin is an Assistant Professor and Ramia Scientist in the Department of Surgery, with cross-appointments in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology and Division of Medical Education. She is also a Senior Scientist with the Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute and an Affiliate Scientist at the Nova Scotia Health Authority. Her research interests relate to understanding and optimizing the movement of evidence-based innovations into clinical practice for persons diagnosed with cancer as well as the interface between evidence-based medicine and policy.

Appointments:

Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, Dalhousie; Cross-appointment, Community Health & Epidemiology, Dalhousie; Cross-listed in Medical Education, Dalhousie

Affiliations:

Dalhousie University and Nova Scotia Health Authority

Research Interests:

Health services research and knowledge translation/implementation science, related to cancer.

Narrowing the 'gap' between research and practice

Robin’s primary research interests relate to understanding and optimizing the movement of evidence-based innovations into clinical practice as well as the interface between evidence-based medicine and policy. This includes investigating issues such as: barriers and enablers to implementing and using evidence-based innovations; how and the extent to which factors at multiple levels of the cancer system [e.g. patient, clinician, organization, socio-political and economic context] influence the implementation and sustainability of innovations; and the role and nature of scientific evidence in decision-making for cancer. Robin uses multiple methods in her research, including linked administrative health data, systematic reviews, and case study and qualitative methods. The ultimate aim of her work is to improve our ability to implement and sustain innovations that improve the organization, delivery, and outcomes of cancer care.

Phone:

(902) 473-7290

Email:

robin.urquhart@nshealth.ca

Address:

Room 8-032, Centennial Building, 1276 South Park Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 2Y9

CORE Research Program[PDF]