Donald Willison, McMaster University

Assistant Professor Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics Hamilton, Ontario willison@mcmaster.ca Office: (905) 522-1155 ext. 4911

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Dr. Willison’s current research interests include: pharmaceutical policy, and data privacy issues in health services research.

In the area of pharmaceutical policy, his research focuses on: how Western industrial countries are balancing the pharmaceutical cost-containment with access to ...


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Bio/Research

Dr. Willison’s current research interests include: pharmaceutical policy, and data privacy issues in health services research.

In the area of pharmaceutical policy, his research focuses on: how Western industrial countries are balancing the pharmaceutical cost-containment with access to needed medications and their interest in attracting or maintaining pharmaceutical R&D in their countries; the challenges associated with the patenting of genetic material; and the health and economic impact of policies to restrict reimbursement for coxib non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

In the area of data privacy, Dr. Willison’s research focuses on: variation in how Research Ethics Boards address privacy, confidentiality, and security issues when reviewing research involving secondary use of personal information; public opinion as to the role of consent in the secondary use of personal information for health research, and the development and evaluation of a consent-based patient registry.



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