Marilyn Macdonald

Professor & Director Joanna Briggs Institute, Centre of Excellence in Systematic Reviews

Marilyn Macdonald

Related Information

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:
  • Unpaid caregivers
  • Home care
  • Patient safety
  • Qualitative inquiry


Dr. Macdonald has a varied background in clinical nursing including; general surgery, cardio-vascular surgery, public-health nursing, home care, and a decade as a clinical nurse specialist. Her primary focus of research is homecare with a focus on unpaid caregivers, and medication safety. She is a member of the Canadian Patient Safety Institute Expert Faculty, Theme lead for Transitions in Care, Canadian Fraility Network. Dr. Macdonald is currently teaching Qualitative Research: Constructivist Grounded Theory. Additional appointments include:

  • (2015) Canadian Patient Safety Institute Expert Faculty
  • (2014) National Centres of Excellence Canadian Frailty Network, Theme Lead, Transitions in Care
  • (2014) Affiliate Scientist Capital District Health Authority
  • (2013) Joanna Briggs Institute Certified 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

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., Martin-Misener, R., Weeks, L., Helwig, M., MacLean, H. (2019).   Experiences and perceptions of spousal/partner caregivers providing care for community-dwelling adults with dementia: A qualitative systematic review. Joanna Briggs Institute Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports 17 (0), 1-58.
  • Moody, E., Martin-Misener, R., Warner, G., Macdonald, M., Weeks, L., Shaw, L., McKibbon, S. (2019). Out-of-pocket expenses related to aging in place for frail older people: A scoping review protocol. Joanna Briggs Institute Database of Systematic reviews and Implementation Reports. (in press)
  • Macdonald. M., Chappe, V., Savage, E., Lang, A., Murphy, A., Gosse, F., MacLean, H. (2019). Working to have a normal life with Cystic Fibrosis in an adherence driven healthcare system. Respiratory Care. (In-Press)
  • Macdonald, M., MacLean, H. (2018). Home Care and Home Support Worker safety: A scoping review. Perspectives, Journal Canadian Gerontological Nurses Association, 40 (1), 18-26
  • Weeks, L. E., Macdonald, M., Helwig, M., Bishop, A., Martin-Misener, R., Iduye, D., & Moody, E. (2018). The impact of transitional care programs on health services utilization in community-dwelling older adults: A systematic review. JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, 16(2), 345-384. DOI: 10.11124/JBISRIR-2017-003486
  • Macdonald, M., Moody, E., MacLean, H. (2017). Organizational considerations for supporting the safety of home support workers: Results from a scoping review Home Healthcare Management and Practice, 00(0), 1-7. Doi: 10.1177/1084822317720185