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Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis
Mita Giacomini

Mita Giacomini

Professor, Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact (HEI)
Member, Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis

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McMaster University
CRL Building, Rm. 218
1280 Main Street West,
Hamilton, ON
L8S 4K1

Mita Giacomini is a professor in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact (HEI) at McMaster University and a member of CHEPA. She led the development of McMaster's Health Policy PhD program and previously served as its Director. She holds graduate degrees in health services and policy analysis, history of medicine and public health. Her publications have addressed topics including health policy ethics, political reasoning in health technology assessment, health resource allocation, values in evaluation and policy-making, interdisciplinarity and uses of qualitative evidence in health care. Current research projects focus on the roles of evidence and theory in health policy arguments, values and ethics in Canadian health policy, and the social and ethical dimensions of health technology assessment. Giacomini has provided consultation and service to local, provincial, national and international health agencies in related areas, and currently serves on the Ontario Health Technology Advisory Committee. Giacomini teaches in the areas of health policy, philosophy of science, and qualitative research methodology.


  • social and ethical dimensions of health technology assessment
  • ethics and values in health policy analysis
  • health resource allocation and equity


    Giacomini M, Winsor S,  Abelson J. Ethics in health technology assessment: Understanding health technologies as policies. Healthcare Management Forum. 2013. 26(2):72-76.

    Giacomini M, DeJean D, Hurley J. Fair reckoning:  A qualitative investigation of responses to an economic health resource allocation survey.  Health Expectations. 2012. 15(1).

    Giacomini M. Theory matters in qualitative research. In: Bourgeault I, DeVries R, Dingwall R (eds). Handbook of Qualitative Health Research.  Thousand Oaks, California:  SAGE Publications. 2012. p. 125-156

    Giacomini M. Theory based medicine and the role of evidence:  Why the Emperor needs new clothes, again.  Perspectives in Biology and Medicine. 2009. 52(2):234-251.

    Giacomini M,  Kenny N,  DeJean D. Ethics frameworks in Canadian health policies: foundation, scaffolding, or window dressing? Health Policy. 2008. 89(1):58–71.

    Giacomini M, Hurley J.  2008. Issues in evaluating equity. In:  & Potvin, L., McQueen, D., (eds) Health Promotion Evaluation Practices in the Americas: Values and Research. New York: Springer.

    Giacomini M, Cook D. Qualitative research. In: User's Guide to the Medical Literature: A Manual for Evidence-Based Practice, 2nd ed. G. Guyatt, et al., Editors. 2008, McGraw-Hill: New York. p. 341-362.

    Miller FA, Giacomini M, Robert JS, Christensen R. Duty to disclose what? Querying the putative obligation to return research results to participants. Journal of Medical Ethics. 2008. 34(3):210-3

    Giacomini M,  Kenny N,  DeJean D. Ethics frameworks in Canadian health policies: foundation, scaffolding, or window dressing? Health Policy. 2008. 

    Miller FA, Giacomini M, Ahern C. Contending visions in the evolution of genetic medicine: the case of cancer genetic services in Ontario, Canada. Social Science and Medicine. 2008. 67(1):152-60.

    Giacomini M. One of these things is not like the others: The idea of precedence in health technology assessment and coverage decisions. Milbank Quarterly. 2005. 83(2):193-223.

    Kenny N, Giacomini M. Wanted: a new ethics field for health policy analysis. Health Care Analysis: An International Journal of Health Care Philosophy and  Policy. 2005. 13(4).

    Giacomini M. Interdisciplinarity in health services research: dreams and nightmares, maladies and remedies. Journal of Health Services Research and Policy, 2004. 9(3):177-183.

    Giacomini M, Miller F, O’Brien B.  Economic considerations for health insurance coverage of emerging predictive genetic tests. Community Genetics. 2003. 6:61-73.

    Giacomini M,  Hurley J, Gold I, Smith P, Abelson J.  The policy analysis of ‘values talk’: lessons from Canadian health reform.  Health Policy. 2003. 67:15-24.


    • Philosophy of Science
    • Qualitative and Conceptual Methods
    • Health Policy Analysis
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