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
Nat Rev Rheumatol. 2009 Sep;5(9):473-4
Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2009 Aug 15;34(18):1929-41
BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2009;10:88
Massage for low back pain: an updated systematic review within the framework of the Cochrane Back Review Group.
Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2009 Jul 15;34(16):1669-84
Influence of lumbar epidural injection volume on pain relief for radicular leg pain and/or low back pain.
Spine J. 2009 Jun;9(6):509-17
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2008;(4):CD001929
J Rehabil Med. 2008 Jul;40(7):582-8
Prophylactic antibiotics in the prevention of catheter-associated bloodstream bacterial infection in preterm neonates: a systematic review.
J Perinatol. 2008 Aug;28(8):526-33
Examining heterogeneity in meta-analysis: comparing results of randomized trials and nonrandomized studies of interventions for low back pain.
Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2008 Feb 1;33(3):339-48
Effect of training and lifting equipment for preventing back pain in lifting and handling: systematic review.
BMJ. 2008 Feb 23;336(7641):429-31
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