Dr. Andrea Furlan

MD, Physiatry, University of São Paulo
PhD, Clinical Epidemiology, University of Toronto
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Dr. Andrea Furlan is a scientist at the Institute for Work & Health and a co-ordinating editor of Cochrane Back and Neck, which is housed at the Institute. She is also a physician at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and associate professor in the Department of Medicine’s Division of Physiatry at the University of Toronto.

Furlan completed her residency in physiatry at the University of São Paulo in Brazil. She obtained her PhD in clinical epidemiology from the University of Toronto. Her thesis focused on methods to search and analyze non-randomized studies of interventions for low-back pain. She completed a two-year clinical fellowship in physiatry at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. Furlan is a former recipient of a New Investigator Award from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (2012-2017).

Her main research interests include rehabilitation, chronic pain, low-back pain and neuropathic pain, with a methodological focus on systematic reviews and meta-analyses. She has over 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals, has written six book chapters and has been an invited speaker at many local, national and international conferences.

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"I spend about 80 per cent of my time as a researcher and 20 per cent as a clinician. The clinical work maintains the relevance of what I do, as well as credibility among my medical peers.” – Dr. Andrea Furlan


Measuring cannabis use in Canadian workplaces. Funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Ongoing.
Providing research evidence for WHO guideline on rehabilitation services. Funded by World Health Organization. Completed. (PI on the project)
Role of health-care providers in the workers’ compensation system and return-to-work process. Funded by Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba. Completed.
Strategies to support the appropriate use of prescription opioids: a systematic review. Funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research . Completed. (PI on the project)


Kosny A, Lifshen M, MacEachen E, Furlan AD, Koehoorn M, Beaton DE, Cooper J, Neis B. What are physicians told about their role in return to work and workers' compensation systems? An analysis of Canadian resources. Policy and Practice in Health and Safety. 2018 [Epub ahead of print]. doi:10.1080/14773996.2018.1465264.
Kosny A, Lifshen ME, Yanar B, Tonima S, MacEachen E, Furlan AD, Koehoorn M, Beaton DE, Cooper J, Neis B. The role of healthcare providers in return to work. International Journal of Disability Management. 2018;13:e3. doi:10.1017/idm.2018.4.
Carnide N, Hogg-Johnson S, Furlan AD, Cote P, Koehoorn M. Prescription dispensing patterns before and after a workers' compensation claim: an historical cohort study of workers with low back pain injuries in British Columbia. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2018;60(7):644-655. doi:10.1097/JOM.0000000000001311.
Furlan AD, Carnide N, Irvin E, Van Eerd D, Munhall C, Kim J, Li CMF, Hamad A, Mahood Q, Macdonald S. A systematic review of strategies to improve appropriate use of opioids and to reduce opioid use disorder and deaths from prescription opioids. Canadian Journal of Pain. 2018;2(1):218-235. doi:10.1080/24740527.2018.1479842.
Furlan AD, Irvin E, Munhall C, Giraldo-Prieto M, Fullerton L, McMaster R, Danak S, Costante A, Pitzul KB, Bhide RP, Marchenko S, Mahood Q, David JA, Flannery JF, Bayley M. Rehabilitation service models for people with physical and/or mental disability living in low- and middle-income countries: a systematic review. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine. 2018;50(6):487-498. doi:10.2340/16501977-2325 .