Marilyn Macdonald

Professor & Director JBI Centre of Excellence in Systematic Reviews: Aligning Health Needs and Evidence for Transformative Change

Marilyn Macdonald

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Phone: 902-494-2433
Fax: 902-494-3487
Mailing Address: 
Room 130, Forrest Bldg.,
Dalhousie University
PO Box 15000
5869 University Avenue
Halifax NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Home care and Long term care
  • Unpaid caregivers
  • Safety in home care
  • Qualitative inquiry


Dr. Macdonald has a varied background in clinical nursing that includes, general surgery, cardio-vascular surgery, public-health nursing, home care, and a decade as a clinical nurse specialist. Her primary research focus is home care with a focus on unpaid caregivers. Dr. Macdonald is Theme lead for Transitions in Care, Canadian Frailty Network, and currently teaches Qualitative Research: Constructivist Grounded Theory. Additional appointments include:

  • (2014 - 2022) National Centres of Excellence Canadian Frailty Network, Theme Lead, Transitions in Care
  • (2014 - Ongoing) Affiliate Scientist Nova Scotia Health
  • (2013 - Ongoing) Director JBI Centre & Certified JBI Systematic Reviewer


  • University of New Brunswick- BN
  • University of Southern Maine- MSN
  • University of San Diego-PhD


  • Sigma International Nursing Society 
  • Nova Scotia College of Nursing
  • Canadian Nurses Foundation
  • Atlantic Region Canadian Association Schools of Nursing
  • Canadian Association in Gerontology
  • Canadian Association in Gerontological Nursing

Awards and Honours  

  • Author E. Hughes Career Achievement Award, Hahn School of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of San Diego (2011)
  • Stephen D. Latte Award for Research Excellence University of Ottawa Research Internship (2006)


  • Macdonald, M., Yu, Z., Weeks, L., Moody, E., Wilson, B., Almukhaini, S., Martin-Misener, R., Sim, M., Jefferies, K., Iduye, D., Neeb, D., McKibbon, S., (2021). Assistive technologies that support social interaction in long-term care homes: A scoping review. JBI Evidence Synthesis, 19 (10), 2695-2738
  • Dol, J., Boulos, L., Somerville, M., Saxinger, L., Doroshenko, A., Hastings, S., Reynolds, B., Gallant, A., Shin, D., Wong, H., Crowther, D., Macdonald, M., Martin-Misener, R., McCulloch, H., Tricco, A., & Curran, J.A. Health system impacts of SARS-CoV-2 Variants of Concern: A rapid scoping review. BMC Health Services Research. (Under Review, 2021).
  • Somerville, M., Curran, J.A., Dol, J., Boulos, L., Saxinger, L., Doroshenko, A., Hastings, S., Reynolds, B., Gallant, A. J., Shin, D., Wong, H., Crowther, D., Macdonald, M., Martin-Misener, R., Comeau, J., McCulloch, H., Tricco, A. (2021). Public health implications of SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern: A rapid scoping review. BMJ Open, 11, e055781. Doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-055781
  • Fox, M. T., Sidani, S., Butler, J. I., Skinner, M. W., Macdonald, M., Durocher, E., Hunter, K. F., Wagg, A., Weeks, L. E., MacLeod, A., Dahlke, S. (2021) Optimizing hospital-to-home transitions for older persons in rural communities: A participatory, multimethod study protocol. Implementation Science Communications, 2 (81).
  • Weeks, L. E., Barber, B., Storey MacDougall, E., Macdonald, M., Martin-Misener, R., Warner, G. (2020). An exploration of Canadian transitional care programs for older  adults. Healthcare Management Forum, 34(3), 163-168. Doi:
  • Keefe, J., Funk, L., Knight, L., Lobchuk, M., Macdonald, M., Mitchell, L., Rempel, J., Warner, G., & Stevens, S. (2020). Home Care Clients: A Research Protocol for Studying Their Pathways. BMC Health Services Research, (20), 535. Doi: 10.1186/s12913-020-05363-7