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Dr. Emily McDonald

Centre for Outcomes Research and Evaluation
Department of Medicine (McGill)

Research Profile

 Fundamental: 50%
 Clinical: 0%
 Epidemiology: 50%
 Evaluation: 0%
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Quality improvement • patient safety • infection

Research Interests

My research focuses on interventions related to polypharmacy, safe and effective prescribing, and medication rationalization. A number of my studies relating to the appropriate use of hospital resources, tests and investigations have been published in high impact peer-reviewed journals and several relating to safer prescribing in older adults were featured recently in the media. I supervise postgraduate students in the field of medication safety and have received funding from the CIHR, the Centre for Ageing and Brain Health Innovation, the Canadian Frailty Network and, locally, from the McGill Interdisciplinary Initiative in Infection and Immunity (MI-4).

Team Members

Name Position
Silas, Carol Administrative Assistant
Ross, Sydney MSc Student

Latest Publications

  1. Demir, K. K., McDonald, E. G., de L'Étoile-Morel, S., Schweitzer, L., Butler-Laporte, G., Cheng, M. P. & Lee, T. C. (2021). Handheld infrared thermometer to Evaluate Cellulitis: the HI-TEC study. Clinical microbiology and infection : the official publication of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.
  2. Pullen, M. F., Pastick, K. A., Williams, D. A., Nascene, A. A., Bangdiwala, A. S., Okafor, E. C., Hullsiek, K. H., Skipper, C. P., Lofgren, S. M., Engen, N., Abassi, M., McDonald, E. G., Lee, T. C., Rajasingham, R. & Boulware, D. R. (2021). Lessons Learned From Conducting Internet-Based Randomized Clinical Trials During a Global Pandemic. Open forum infectious diseases, vol. 8, p. ofaa602.
  3. Lee, T. C., McDonald, E. G., Butler-Laporte, G., Harrison, L. B., Cheng, M. P. & Brophy, J. M. (2021). Remdesivir and Systemic Corticosteroids for the Treatment of COVID-19: A Bayesian Reanalysis. International journal of infectious diseases : IJID : official publication of the International Society for Infectious Diseases, vol. 104, p. 671-676.
  4. D'Silva, K. M., Mehta, R., Mitchell, M., Lee, T. C., Singhal, V., Wilson, M. G. & McDonald, E. G. (2021). Proton pump inhibitor use and risk for recurrent Clostridioides difficile infection: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Clinical microbiology and infection : the official publication of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.
  5. Butler-Laporte, G., Lawandi, A., Schiller, I., Yao, M. C., Dendukuri, N., McDonald, E. G. & Lee, T. C. (2021). Comparison of Saliva and Nasopharyngeal Swab Nucleic Acid Amplification Testing for Detection of SARS-CoV-2: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA internal medicine, vol. 181, p. 353-360.
  6. Abrahami, D., McDonald, E. G., Schnitzer, M. & Azoulay, L. (2021). Trends in prescribing patterns of proton pump inhibitors surrounding new guidelines. Annals of epidemiology, vol. 55, p. 24-26.
  7. Benea, C., Rendon, L., Papenburg, J., Frenette, C., Imacoudene, A., McDonald, E. G., Nguyen, Q. D., Rajda, E., Tran, E., Vameghestahbanati, M., Benedetti, A., Behr, M. A. & Smith, B. M. (2020). Evaluation of a home-based 7-day infection control strategy for healthcare workers following high-risk exposure to severe acute respiratory coronavirus virus 2 (SARS-CoV-2): A cohort study. Infection control and hospital epidemiology, p. 1-4.
  8. Harris, M., McDonald, E. G., Marrone, E., El-Messidi, A., Girard, T., Gunn, C. M., Shapiro, G. D., Longo, C. & Dayan, N. (2020). Postpartum Analgesia In New Mothers (PAIN) Study: a survey of Canadian obstetricians' post-delivery opioid prescribing practices. Journal of obstetrics and gynaecology Canada : JOGC = Journal d'obstetrique et gynecologie du Canada : JOGC.
  9. Abrahami, D., McDonald, E. G., Schnitzer, M. & Azoulay, L. (2020). Trends in acid suppressant drug prescriptions in primary care in the UK: a population-based cross-sectional study. BMJ open, vol. 10, p. e041529.
  10. Butler-Laporte, G., Cheng, M. P., Thirion, D. J. G., De L'Étoile-Morel, S., Frenette, C., Paquette, K., Lawandi, A., McDonald, E. G. & Lee, T. C. (2020). Clinical Trials Increase Off-Study Drug Use: A Segmented Time-Series Analysis. Open forum infectious diseases, vol. 7, p. ofaa449.
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