Meredith Vanstone is an assistant professor in McMaster's Department of Family Medicine; a scientist with McMaster’s program for Education Research, Innovation & Theory (MERIT) and a member of CHEPA. She holds a PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (health professional education) from Western University. Vanstone uses a variety of qualitative research methods to investigate the ethical implications of health professional education and practice. She examines how health professionals respond to explicit, implicit and structural policies that shape their professional lives. By focusing on policy and practice areas with an ethical or moral valence, her research aims to support ethical health professional practice through education and policy initiatives. Vanstone’s work is supported by funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and the Greenwall Foundation. Vanstone supervises in the following graduate programs: Health Sciences Education (MSc), Health Research Methodology (Msc and PhD) and Health Policy (PhD).
- Health policy
- Social and ethical issues in health policy
- Health professional education
- Health human resources
- Reproductive technology
- Qualitative research methods
Kibel M, Vanstone M. Reconciling ethical and economic conceptions of value in health policy using the capabilities approach: A qualitative investigation of Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing. Social Science and Medicine. 2017. 195:97-104.
Vanstone M, Toledo F, Clarke F, Boyle A, Woods A, Giacomini M, Swinton M, Saunders L, Shears M, Zytaruk N, Rose T, Hand-Breckenridge T, Heels-Ansdell D, Anderson-White S, Sheppard R, Cook DJ. Narrative Medicine and Death in the ICU: Word Clouds as a visual legacy. 2016. BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care.
Kandasamy S, Vanstone M, Oremus M, Hill T, Wahi G, Davis AD, Jacobs R, Wilson J, Anglin A, Anand, SS. A case study of a methodological approach to co-creating perinatal health knowledge between Western and Indigeneous communities. International Journal of Qualitative Methods. 2017. Vol. 16. 1-11.
Vanstone M, Rewegan A, Brundisini F, Giacomini M, Kandasamy S, DeJean D. Diet modification challenges faced by marginalized and non-marginalized adults with type 2 diabetes: A systematic review and qualitative meta-synthesis. 2016. Chronic Illness.
Vanstone M, Kandasamy S, Giacomini M, DeJean D, McDonald S.
Pregnant women’s perceptions of gestational weight gain: A systematic review and meta-synthesis of qualitative research. 2016. Maternal & Child Nutrition.
Vanstone M, Yacoub K, Giacomini M, Hulan D, McDonald S. Women’s experiences of publicly funded Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing in Ontario, Canada: Considerations for health technology policy making. 2015. Qualitative Health Research. 25(8):1069-84.
Vanstone M, Giacomini M, Nisker J. Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing. Bioethics Curricula. Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Ottawa, ON. 2015. Available from: http://www.royalcollege.ca/portal/page/portal/rc/resources/bioethics/cases/section4
Vanstone M, Yacoub K, Winsor S, Giacomini M, Nisker, J. What is "NIPT"? Divergent characterizations of non-invasive prenatal testing strategies. American Journal of Bioethics: Empirical Bioethics. 2015. 6(1), 54-67.
Vanstone M, King C, de Vrijer B, Nisker J. Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing: Ethics and Policy Considerations. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada. 2014. 36(6), 515-526.
Vanstone M, Boesveld S, Burrows K. Integrating Physician Assistants into the Ontario Healthcare Workforce. Health Reform Observer. 2014. 2(1) Article 4.
Vanstone M, Watling C, Goldszmidt M, Weijer C, Lingard L. Resigned professionalism? Non-acute inpatients and resident education. Advances in Health Sciences Education. 2014. 1-11.