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Dr. Akhtar-Danesh began his career at McMaster in 2003 and is currently an Associate Professor with the School of Nursing.  He has a Bachelor of Science in Statistics from Ferdowsi University, a Master of Science in Biostatistics from Shiraz University, and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Medical Statistics from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Select Publications

  • Akhtar-Danesh N. (2016) An Overview of the Statistical Techniques in Q-methodology: Is there a better way of doing Q-analysis? Operant Subjectivity, 38/3-4 (2016): 29-36, DOI: 10.15133/j.os.2016.007.
  • Sekercioglu N, Guyatt G, Thabane L, Martinez JPD, Akhtar-Danesh N, Busse JW, Iorio A, Al-Khalifah R, Agarwal A, Nesrallah G, Longo C. (June 8, 2016). Comparative effectiveness of phosphate binders in patients with chronic kidney disease: A systematic review and network meta-analysis. PLOS ONE, 11(6):e0156891.
  • Akhtar-Danesh N, Finley C. (Oct, 2015). Temporal trends in the incidence and relative survival of non-small cell lung cancer in Canada: A population-based study. Lung Cancer, 90(1):8-14.
  • Camposilvan I, Akhtar-Danesh N, Schneider L, Finely CJ. (Sept, 2015). The effect of surgeon volume on procedure selection in non-small cell lung cancer surgeries. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, 150(3):507-513.
  • Akhtar-Danesh N, Elit L, Lytwyn A. (2014). Trends in incidence and survival of women with invasive vulvar cancer in the United States and Canada: A population-based study. Gynecol. Oncol., 134(2):314-318.
  • Akhtar-Danesh, N., Valaitis, R., O'Mara, L., Austin, P., & Munroe, V. (2013). Viewpoints about collaboration between primary care and public health in Canada. BMC.Health Serv.Res., 13, 311.
  • Lobo, V. M., Fisher, A., Ploeg, J., Peachey, G., & Akhtar-Danesh, N. (2013). A concept analysis of nursing overtime. J Adv.Nurs. 69(11):2401-12.
  • Akhtar-Danesh, N., Elit, L., & Lytwyn, A. (2012). Temporal trends in the relative survival among women with cervical cancer in Canada: a population-based study. Int.J Gynecol.Cancer, 22, 1208-1213.
  • Akhtar-Danesh, N., Lytwyn, A., & Elit, L. (2012). Five-year trends in mortality indices among gynecological cancer patients in Canada. Gynecol.Oncol., 127, 620-624.
  • Archie, S., Zangeneh, K. A., & Akhtar-Danesh, N. (2012). Concurrent binge drinking and depression among Canadian youth: prevalence, patterns, and suicidality. Alcohol, 46, 165-172.
  • Akhtar-Danesh, N., Dehghan, M., Morrison, K. M., & Fonseka, S. (2011). Parents' perceptions and attitudes on childhood obesity: a Q-methodology study. J Am.Acad.Nurse Pract., 23, 67-75.
  • Akhtar-Danesh, N., Elit, L., & Lytwyn, A. (2011). Temporal trends in the relative survival among patients diagnosed with ovarian cancer in Canada 1992-2005: a population-based study. Gynecol.Oncol., 123, 192-195.
  • Ma, J., Akhtar-Danesh, N., Dolovich, L., & Thabane, L. (2011). Imputation strategies for missing binary outcomes in cluster randomized trials. BMC.Med.Res.Methodol., 11, 18.
  • Akhtar-Danesh, N., Valaitis, R. K., Schofield, R., Underwood, J., Martin-Misener, R., Baumann, A. et al. (2010). A questionnaire for assessing community health nurses' learning needs. West J Nurs.Res., 32, 1055-1072.
  • Akhtar-Danesh, N., Baumann, A., & Cordingley, L. (2008). Q-methodology in nursing research: a promising method for the study of subjectivity. West J Nurs.Res., 30, 759-773.
  • Dehghan, M., Akhtar-Danesh, N., McMillan, C. R., & Thabane, L. (2007). Is plasma vitamin C an appropriate biomarker of vitamin C intake? A systematic review and meta-analysis. Nutr.J, 6, 41.
  • Dehghan, M., Akhtar-Danesh, N., & Merchant, A. T. (2005). Childhood obesity, prevalence and prevention. Nutr.J, 4, 24.
  • Akhtar-Danesh, N. & Appleton, D. R. (2000). Using an antedependence test to analyse post-operative pain measurements. Stat.Med., 19, 1889-1899.

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  • Ploeg J., Markle-Reid M, Bournes D., Anderson C., Farrell M., Paetkau S., Akhtar-Danesh N., et al.  Innovative Community-Based Approaches to Promote Optimal Aging for Older Adults with Multiple Chronic Conditions and their Caregivers. April 1, 2013 - March 31, 2018. CIHR CBPHC Team Grant, $2.5 Million.     
  • Kaasalainen S, Costello A, Hunter P, Neves P, Sussman T, Thompson G, Venturato L., Akhtar-Danesh N, et al. Partnering Together to Improve Palliative Care in Long Term Care. Co-funding from Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Partnerships in Health System Improvement; Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions; Manitoba Health Research Council; Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care; Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation, $740,000, 2015- 2018.
  • Kaasalainen S, Sussman T, Neves P, O’Leary J, Akhtar-Danesh N, et al. Improving Palliative Care in Long Term Care Homes Using Participatory Action Research. TVN 2014 Strategic Impact Grant Program Application, $607,520, 2015- 2017.
  • Donald F, Martin-Misener R, Kilpatrick K, Bryant-Lukosius D, Bourgeault I, Carter N, Akhtar-Danesh N, Glazier R. Measuring Factors that Influence Nurse Practitioner (NP) Activities and the Implications for Optimizing NP Patient Panel Size in Primary Healthcare (PHC) Settings. Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Health Services Research Fund, $483,000, 2014- 2016.


Dr. Akhtar-Danesh’s primary research interests include survival analysis (including relative survival analysis), analysis of population-based cancer datasets, research tool developments, Q-methodology (a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods for the study of subjectivity), and analysis of large datasets.

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