Paul Glasziou


  • Bond University, Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine

    4229 Gold Coast


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Research interests

I am a Professor of Evidence-Based Medicine at Bond University and a part-time General Practitioner. Previously I was the Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine in Oxford from 2003-2010. My key interests include identifying and removing the barriers to using high quality research in everyday clinical practice. I am the recipient of an NHRMC Australia Fellowship which I commenced at Bond University in July, 2010.

I am the 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

Education/Academic qualification

Medicine, PhD, University of Queensland

… → 1987

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Research Output 1999 2018

Australia is responding to the complex challenge of overdiagnosis

Moynihan, R., Barratt, A. L., Buchbinder, R., Carter, S. M., Dakin, T., Donovan, J., Elshaug, A. G., Glasziou, P. P., Maher, C. G., McCaffery, K. J. & Scott, I. A. 15 Oct 2018 In : Medical Journal of Australia. 209, 8, p. 332-334 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Automated screening of research studies for systematic reviews using study characteristics

Tsafnat, G., Glasziou, P., Karystianis, G. & Coiera, E. 25 Apr 2018 In : Systematic Reviews. 7, 1, 9 p., 64

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Observational Studies
Supervised Machine Learning
5 Citations

Blood pressure-lowering treatment strategies based on cardiovascular risk versus blood pressure: A meta-analysis of individual participant data

Blood Pressure Lowering Treatment Trialists’ Collaboration 20 Mar 2018 In : PLoS Medicine. 15, 3, 20 p., e1002538

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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D-Dimer Predicts Long-Term Cause-Specific Mortality, Cardiovascular Events, and Cancer in Patients With Stable Coronary Heart Disease: LIPID Study

LIPID Study Investigators 14 Aug 2018 In : Circulation. 138, 7, p. 712-723 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Coronary Disease
Cardiovascular Diseases


Automating Systematic Reviews

Author: Rathbone, J., 7 Oct 2017

Supervisor: Glasziou, P. (Supervisor), Hoffmann, T. (Supervisor) & Beller, E. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Clinical prediction rules for assisting diagnosis

Author: Sanders, S. L., 18 Jun 2016

Supervisor: Doust, J. (Supervisor) & Glasziou, P. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Developing consensus on the strategic priorities for the prevention of obesity amongst the Australian population

Author: Haynes, E., 7 Oct 2017

Supervisor: Reidlinger, D. (Supervisor) & Glasziou, P. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Maintaining Weight Loss: A Look at Habits

Author: Cleo, G., 17 Feb 2018

Supervisor: Thomas, R. (Supervisor), Isenring, E. (Supervisor) & Glasziou, P. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Preventing Overdiagnosis

Author: Moynihan, R., 13 Jun 2016

Supervisor: Glasziou, P. (Supervisor) & Doust, J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis