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
Acupuncture and dry-needling for low back pain: an updated systematic review within the framework of the cochrane collaboration.
Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2005 Apr 15;30(8):944-63
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2005;(1):CD001351
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2004;(3):CD003783
Reviewing critically noncontrolled literature on surgical sympathectomy: valuable lessons for treating physicians and our patients.
J Pain. 2000;1(4):265-7
Are we paying a high price for surgical sympathectomy? A systematic literature review of late complications.
J Pain. 2000;1(4):245-57
Muscle relaxants for nonspecific low back pain: a systematic review within the framework of the cochrane collaboration.
Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2003 Sep 1;28(17):1978-92
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2003;(2):CD004252
Clin J Pain. 2003 May-Jun;19(3):192-9
Massage for low-back pain: a systematic review within the framework of the Cochrane Collaboration Back Review Group.
Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2002 Sep 1;27(17):1896-910
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2002;(2):CD001929
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