Prof Paul Glasziou

Prof Paul Glasziou

  • Professor
    Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine
Level 2, 5. Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine, Bond University

Professional biography

Paul Glasziou FRACGP, PhD is Professor of Evidence-Based Medicine at Bond University and a part-time General Practitioner. He was the Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine in Oxford from 2003-2010. His key interests include identifying and removing the barriers to using high quality research in everyday clinical practice. He is the author of six books related to evidence based practice: Systematic Reviews in Health Care, Decision Making in Health Care and Medicine: integrating evidence and values, An Evidence-Based Medicine Workbook, Clinical Thinking: Evidence, Communication and Decision-making, Evidence-Based Medicine: How to Practice and Teach EBM, and Evidence-Based Medical Monitoring: Principles and Practice. He has authored over 160 peer-reviewed journal articles and his h-index is currently 43. He is the recipient of an NHRMC Australia Fellowship which he commenced at Bond University in July, 2010.

Statement of research interests

I am Director of a team that is building capacity in health services research and does applied research that can be used to improve the efficiency and organisation of health services.

My applied research brings economics to the study of healthcare service models, health-care acquired infection, and screening for chronic and infectious diseases, and interventions that change health related behaviour for chronic conditions.

My methodological research includes modelling skewed data, especially length of stay in hospital and factors associated with prolongation; how decision makers value health care costs; and the impact of different perspectives on decision making.

I am developing a programme of research that uses Bayesian methods for the synthesis of evidence used to inform parameters in decision models. I am also interested in the role of randomness and funding decisions for scientific research.

My main interests are:
* Identifying and removing the barriers to using high quality research in everyday clinical practice
* Improving use of non-drug interventions
* Clinical monitoring

Statement for HDR students

The research conducted by staff at the Centre for Research in Evidence-Based Practice is focussed around a number of key, yet inter-related, areas.

These include:
* Improving research processes and reporting - poor quality research reporting hampers clinicians' use of research evidence. Research in this area is examining the descriptions of non-drug interventions in trials, difficulties in synthesising and using complex interventions, and ways to improve the quality of systematic review abstracts.

* Shared decision making and communicating evidence to patients - for people to be able to make informed decisions about tests and treatments they need to receive information that they can understand and be involved in the decision-making process. Research in this area is examining ways to facilitate this, across various diagnostic areas; how to help clinicians develop these skills; and potential uses of citizen juries for public health decisions

Thesis Titles I am currently supervising:
* Improving the Usability of Reports of Systematic Reviews
* Methodology for a continuously updated evidence-based health encyclopaedia to support informed consumer choice
* Examining the Exercise Prescription in Cardiac Rehabilitation
* Developing methods to streamline and improve systematic reviews and HTA reports
* The Impact of Treatment and Time on Cardiovascular Risk Scores

Higher degree research student projects

  • Addressing Overdiagnosis of Prostate Cancer in Australia: A study of prevalence and clinician characteristics and concerns
  • Automating Systematic Reviews
  • Chronic Kidney Disease in General Practice: Efficacy of screening, monitoring and management of risk factors for the prevention of end stage disease
  • Clinical prediction rules for assisting diagnosis
  • Developing consensus on the strategic priorities for the prevention of obesity amongst the Australian population
  • Effects of surfing on bone
  • Improving the usability of reports of systematic reviews
  • Injury Prevention In Aging Masters Athletes: A Series Of Studies
  • Investigating and optimising media coverage of diagnostic medical technology
  • Knowledge-Practice Gap: identifying causes and evaluating solutions
  • Maintaining weight loss: a look at habits
  • Methodology for a continuously updated evidence-based health encyclopaedia to support informed consumer choice
  • Preventing Over-diagnosis
  • Systematic review and assessment of Health Apps
  • The provision and delivery of exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation in Australia: concordant with best research evidence?

Areas of research expertise

  • Clinical Sciences
  • Public Health and Health Services