Dr. Andrea Furlan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto and a Staff Physician and Senior Scientist at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. She is also a Scientist at the Institute for Work & Health in Toronto. She obtained her PhD in Clinical Epidemiology from the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. Dr. Furlan has extensive experience in reviewing the scientific literature for the Cochrane Collaboration and for clinical practice guidelines. She received a CIHR New Investigator Award, and her research focus is on treatments of chronic pain including medications, complementary and alternative therapies, and rehabilitation. She was the team leader for the development of the Canadian Opioid Guideline, and is now involved with Guideline's National Faculty in the dissemination and implementation of the guideline across Canada. She developed the Opioid Manager™, a point-of-care tool for physicians prescribing opioids to help manage chronic pain, which is available in many EMR platforms and as an App for iPad/iPhone. She is the author of the My Opioid Manager, a book and App for patients using opioids for chronic pain. Dr. Furlan is a co-Chair of Echo Ontario for Pain and Opioid Stewardship.
- chronic pain
- low-back pain
- neuropathic pain
What interventions improve walking ability in neurogenic claudication with lumbar spinal stenosis? A systematic review.
Eur Spine J. 2014 Jun;23(6):1282-301
Opioids compared with placebo or other treatments for chronic low back pain: an update of the Cochrane Review.
Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2014 Apr 1;39(7):556-63
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2013;11:CD003783
Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2013 Nov 15;38(24):2057-63
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2013;8:CD010712
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2013;8:CD004959
Self-reported practices in opioid management of chronic noncancer pain: a survey of Canadian family physicians.
Pain Res Manag. 2013 Jul-Aug;18(4):177-84
J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2012 Oct;16(4):424-55
Pain Manag. 2012 Sep;2(5):437-44
Open Neurol J. 2012;6:58-64
Associate Professor, Division of Physiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Associate Member, Institute of Medical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Scientist, Institute for Work & Health