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Noori Akhtar-Danesh


Dr. Akhtar-Danesh is 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.

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  • Akhtar-Danesh N, Baumann A, Crea-Arsenio M, Antonipillai V. (2022) COVID-19 Excess Mortality among Long-Term Care Residents in Ontario, PLOS ONE. 17(1):e0262807.

  • Akhtar-Danesh GG, Akhtar-Danesh N, Shargall Y. (2021) Venous Thromboembolism in Surgical Lung Cancer Patients: A Provincial Population-Based Study. Ann Thorac Surg. Epub 20211113. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.10.018.

  • Mackinnon C, Akhtar-Danesh N, Palombella A, Wainman B. (2021) Using Q-methodology to determine students' perceptions of interprofessional anatomy education. Anat Sci Educ. Epub 20210617. doi: 10.1002/ase.2109.
  • Akhtar-Danesh GG, Akhtar-Danesh N, Finley C. (2021) Uptake and Survival Effects of Minimally Invasive Surgery for Lung Cancer: A Population-Based Study. European Journal of Surgical Oncology, 47(7):1791-1796.
  • Akhtar-Danesh N, Logie K, Akhtar-Danesh GG, Finley C. (2020) Uptake of minimally invasive surgery for early-stage colorectal cancer and its effect on survival: A population-based study. Surgical Oncology, 35:540-546.
  • Akhtar-Danesh N, Wingreen SC. (2020) How to analyze change in perception from paired Q-sorts. Communication in Statistics-Theory and Methods. DOI: 10.1080/03610926.2020.1845734
  • Emary PC, Oremus M, Houweling TAW, Wangler M, Akhtar-Danesh N. (2020) Attitudes, beliefs, and practices among Swiss chiropractors regarding medication prescribing for musculoskeletal conditions: a national Q-methodology study, Chiropractic & Manual Therapies, 28(1):54.
  • Akhtar-Danesh GG, Finley C, Seow H, Shakeel S, Akhtar-Danesh N. (2020) Change in treatment modality and trends in survival among stage I lung cancer patients: a population-based study. Journal of Thoracic Disease, 12(9):4670-4679.
  • Nouri S, Mahmoudi MM, Mohammad K, Mansournia MA, Yaseri M, Akhtar-Danesh N. (2020) Methods of Competing Risks Flexible Parametric Modeling for Estimation of the Risk of the First Disease among HIV Infected Men. BMC Medical Research Methodology, 29;20(1):17.
  • Mirza NA, Akhtar-Danesh N, Noesagaard C, Martin L, Byrne C. (2019) Usefulness of Abductive Reasoning in Problem-Based Learning: A Pilot Study. Nurse Educator, doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000755.
  • Durepos P., Ploeg J., Akhtar-Danesh N., Sussman T., Orr E., & Kaasalainen S. (2020) Caregiver Preparedness for Death in Dementia: An Evaluation of Existing Tools. Aging and Mental Health, 24(10):1671-1680.
  • Brewer-Deluce D, Bhanu S, Jackson T, Akhtar-Danesh N, Wainman B. (2020). Beyond Average Information: How Q-methodology Enhances Course Evaluations in Anatomy. Anatomical Sciences Education, 13(2):137-148.
  • Baumann A, Hunsberger M, Crea-Arsenio M, Akhtar-Danesh N. (2018). Policy to practice: Investment in transitioning new graduate nurses to the workplace. Journal of Nursing Management, 35(16):373-381.
  • Akhtar-Danesh N. (2018) Using Cohen's Effect Size to Identify Distinguishing Statements in Q-methodology. Open Journal of Applied Science, 8(2):73-79.
  • Akhtar-Danesh N. (2018) qfactor: A command for Q-methodology analysis. The Stata Journal, 18(2):432-446.
  • Akhtar-Danesh N. (2017) An Overview of the Statistical Techniques in Q-methodology: Is there a better way of doing Q-analysis (With Discussion)? Operant Subjectivity, 38(3/4):29-36.

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  • Baumann A, Deber R, Laporte A, Berta W, Lavoie-Tremblay M, Akhtar-Danesh N, Roblin B, Meershoek A.Long-term Care in Crisis: The Reality of COVID-19. Canadian Institute of Health Research, $959,328, 2019-2022.
  • Akhtar-Danesh N, Wainman BW, Darling L, Wojkowski S, Brewer-Deluce D, Jackson T. Q-Methodology: A Revolutionary Approach to Course Evaluation. Funded by Education Scholarship Fund, McMaster University, $25,000, 2020-2022
  • Cordon C, Collerman A, Alvarado K, Baxter P, Akhtar-Danesh N, Dietrich T, Krull K, Lounsbury J. Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation, Clinical Health Professional Investigator (HPI) Operating Grant, $14,856. 2020-2021.
  • Kaasalainen S, Sussman T, Akhtar-Danesh N, Hunter P, McCleary L, Thompson G, Venturato L, Wickson-Griffiths A. Scaling up the Family Carer Decision Support Intervention:  A transnational effectiveness-implementation evaluation. Funded by CIHR, Joint Programme on Neurodegenerative Disease (JPND) Grant: “Multinational research projects on Health and Social Care for Neurodegenerative Diseases”, $349,998, 2019-2022.
  • Kaasalainen S, Costello A, Hunter P, Neves P, Sussman T, Thompson G, Venturato L., Akhtar-Danesh N, Bourgeois-Guérin V, Chochinov H, dal Bello-Haas V, 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, for $740,000, 2015-2018
  • Kaasalainen S, Sussman T, Neves P, O’Leary J, Akhtar-Danesh N, Brazil K, Bonifas R, Bourgeois Guérin V, dal Bello-Haas V, Earl M, Kelley ML, McCleary L, 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.


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 course evaluation.


Dr. Akhtar-Danesh has been teaching statistical course to undergrad and graduate programs.  He supervises students in the School of Nursing and Department of Health Research, Evidence & Impact. 

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