Prof Tammy Hoffmann

Prof Tammy Hoffmann

Position:
  • Professor of Clinical Epidemiology
    Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine
Location:
Level 2, 5. Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine, Bond University

Statement of research interests

My research and teaching interests are across a number of areas that relate to the broader area of evidence-based practice, which is primarily about helping to get research evidence into clinical practice.

There are three main areas in which I conduct research:

1 Research aimed at helping clinicians to be able to access and use evidence to help them make clinical decisions
2 Research which helps researchers and authors to produce research that is usable by clinicians and patients
3 Research that helps evidence to be shared and discussed with patients so that they can make informed decisions and be actively involved in managing their health

Some of my research is methodological research and broadly applicable across many disciplines - for example, improving the reporting of non-drug interventions so that they are able to be implemented into practice. Other research is patient-based and targeted to particular conditions, such as stroke, and often involves evaluating the effectiveness of interventions through randomised trials and systematic reviews.

Another stream of my research involves training (clinicians, health professional students, patients, and/or the public) in various skills related to understanding and using research evidence in health decisions.

Statement for HDR students

I am very happy to supervise HDR research projects across topics that relate to any of my areas of research practice.

Below are some broad areas and examples of previous and current HDR projects:

* Evidence and risk communication and shared decision making
- Development and trial of decision aid to help parents of children with autism spectrum disorder make informed intervention decisions
- Exploring new ways of communicating antibiotic benefits and harms to patients and caregivers.
- Helping the public to make informed health care decisions by training consumers and high school students in how to evaluate research about treatments
- Training health professionals in shared decision making skills
- Using visual communication of intervention benefits and harms to enhance informed consent

*Methodological research to improve the synthesis and uptake of evidence:
- Analysing the effective components of a complex intervention (exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation)
- Improving the efficiency of systematic reviewing

* Patient education:
- Randomised trials of educational and support interventions for stroke patients and carers
- Multimedia and health professional training approaches to patient education for falls prevention

Higher degree research student projects

  • Automating Systematic Reviews
  • Empowering Australians to make informed decisions about health interventions through the development and evaluation of an educational intervention for school students
  • Exploring new ways of communicating information about benefits and harms of antibiotics for acute upper respiratory tract infections to parents
  • Knowledge-Practice Gap: identifying causes and evaluating solutions
  • Lifestyle management in Chronic Kidney Disease: telehealth strategies for effective self-management
  • Shared decision making in reducing antibiotic resistance in Primary Care
  • 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
  • Other Medical and Health Sciences