Professor Tammy Hoffmann OAM, FAHMS, FOTARA, PhD, is Professor of Clinical Epidemiology and leads the Centre for Evidence-Informed Health Decisions in the Institute for Evidence-Based Healthcare, Bond University. She is also a NHMRC Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Australasian EQUATOR centre - one of the five global centres of the international EQUATOR Network dedicated to enhancing the quality and transparency of health research.
Professor Hoffmann’s research spans many aspects of evidence-based practice, evidence implementation, shared decision making, and minimising waste in research. Her research currently broadly centres around the areas of: engaging patients and the public in collaborating in informed decision-making about their healthcare; improving the quality of research evidence for health interventions (such as through the transparent and accurate reporting of randomised controlled trials and systematic reviews); and making evidence-based practice and evidence implementation easier for clinicians.
Professor Hoffmann has an established national and international reputation. She has collaborated with and advised national, state, and international health organisations and government departments in her areas of expertise, and her research has featured in many international and national media outlets. She has been awarded over $14 million in research funding and has over 300 publications, with >70,000 citations and a H-index of 73. She is also the lead author of a widely used inter-disciplinary evidence-based practice book (Evidence-Based Practice across the Health Professions) that is now in its 4th edition.
Professor Hoffmann leads the Centre for Evidence-Informed Health Decisions. Its research is primarily focussed on helping people to make informed decisions about health – including health professionals, patients, and the public. The research also aims to closely integrate shared decision making and evidence-based practice so that evidence is translated into practice better, in a more patient-centred way, and in a way that considers the sustainability of health systems.
The research that is aimed at health professionals includes developing and evaluating strategies and tools (such as patient decision aids) to increase the awareness and usability of evidence about interventions and skills for incorporating this into conversations with patients.
The Centre’s interdisciplinary research draws upon the areas of shared decision making, evidence-based practice, health communication, knowledge translation, and public health.
Professor Hoffmann also conducts research into research reporting, useability, transparency, and open science. One area of this includes the development of reporting guidelines (such as the TIDieR reporting guideline and tool for improving intervention reporting and PRISMA 2020 for systematic review reporting).
Statement for HDR students
I am happy to supervise HDR research projects in topics relevant to my research areas.
Examples of some previous and current HDR projects:
Shared decision making and informed health decisions:
- Improving the synthesis and communication of natural history evidence to reduce low-value healthcare
- Developing and trialling an online 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 reporting, synthesis and implementation of evidence:
- Analysing the effective components of a complex intervention (exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation) and methods to improve implementation
- Improving the efficiency of systematic reviewing