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John N. Lavis

Canada Research Chair in Evidence-Informed Health Systems
Director, McMaster Health Forum

Member, Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis
Professor, Department of Health Evidence, and Impact (HEI)

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T: (905) 525-9140, ext. 22121

McMaster Health Forum
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, ON, L8S 4L6


  • use of research evidence, citizen values and stakeholder insights in policy-making  
  • politics of health and social systems 


Lavis JN, Tugwell P. Appreciation: David Sackett’s unintended impacts on health policy. Milbank Quarterly. 2015; 93(4): 867-870.

Lavis JN, Wilson MG, Moat KA, Hammill AC, Boyko JA, Grimshaw JM, Flottorp S. Developing and refining the methods for a ‘one-stop shop’ for research evidence about health systems. Health Research Policy and Systems. 2015; 13:10 doi: 10.1186/1478-4505-13-10.

Lavis JN. Strengthening health systems. In Frenk J, Hoffman SJ. To Save Humanity: What Matters Most for a Healthy Future. New York, USA: Oxford University Press; 2015, p. 209-212.

Lavis JN, Røttingen JA, Bosch-Capblanch X, Atun R, El-Jardali F, Gilson L, Lewin S, Oliver S, Ongolo-Zogo P, Haines A. Guidance for evidence-informed policies about health systems: 2) Linking guidance development to policy development. PLoS Medicine. 2012; 9(3): e1001186. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001186.

Lavis JN, Guindon GE, Cameron D, Boupha B, Dejman M, Osei E, Sadana R, Research to Policy and Practice Study Team. Bridging the gaps between research, policy and practice in low- and middle-income countries: a survey of researchers. CMAJ. June, 2010. 182(9): 350-361.

Lavis JN. How can we support the use of systematic reviews in policymaking? PLoS Medicine 2009; 6(11): e1000141. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1000141.

Lavis JN, Oxman AD, Lewin S, Fretheim A: SUPPORT Tools for evidence-informed health Policymaking (STP). Introduction. Health Research Policy and Systems. 2009. 7(Suppl 1):I1 doi:10.1186/1478-4505-7-S1-I1.

Lavis JN, Oxman AD, Moynihan R, Paulsen E. Evidence-informed health policy: 1. Synthesis of findings from a multi-method study of organizations that support the use of research evidence. Implementation Science. 2008. 3:53.


  • health and social systems; public policy
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