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Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis
Meredith Vanstone

Meredith Vanstone

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Family Medicine, McMaster University
Senior Scientist, Program for Education Research and Development 
Member, Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis


T: (905) 525-9140 ext. 22113

CRL 205
McMaster University
1280 Main Street West, DSB 224
Hamilton, Ontario
L8S 4M4

Meredith Vanstone is an assistant professor in McMaster's Faculty of Family Medicine; a senior scientist with the Program for Education Research and Development 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 social and ethical issues in health policy decision-making. She has an active interest in qualitative research methodologies, and pursues this interest through empirical research with primary and secondary data sources on a variety of topics including reproductive technologies; health human resources policy, and patient experiences of health technology. Her work is supported by funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Vanstone is currently accepting MSc and PhD students in the following 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 


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. Perinatal Wellbeing in an Indigenous Context: A case study of a methodological approach to co-creating perinatal health knowledge between Western and Indigeneous communities. Accepted in International Journal of Qualitative Methods October 2016.

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:

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.

Lingard L, Vanstone M, Durrant M, Fleming-Carroll B, Lowe M, Rashotte J, Sinclair L, Tallett S. Conflicting messages: Examining the dynamics of leadership on interprofessional teams. Academic Medicine. 2012. 7(12):1762-67.

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