Qi is a PhD Student in the Health Policy PhD program at McMaster University, working under the supervision of Dr. John Lavis. Her research interests focus on the development, adaptation and implementation of health-systems guidance.
Qi recently completed a medical degree at Lanzhou University and a master’s degree from the Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) Centre of the same university. As part of her graduate studies, she focused on the development, appraisal and reporting of clinical practice guidelines (CPGs), the development of evidence-based health policy briefs, and the coordination of the translation of the interactive version of the book ‘Testing Treatments’ into Chinese. She has been involved in the development of several CPGs in cooperation with the Chinese Medical Association, the International Practice Guidelines Registry Platform, and Reporting Items for Practice Guidelines in Healthcare (RIGHT) initiative. While at Lanzhou University, she won a China Medical Board (CMB) grant of US$20,000 to test the effectiveness of online audio-visual resources on key EBM concepts for medical students in China. Qi has also worked as an intern at the Ministry of Health in China for six months, focusing on health management and health policy development.
Qi developed a strong, and ongoing, interest in knowledge translation during her undergraduate studies at the School of Medicine at Lanzhou University. At that time, she became involved with the Chinese translation of Health Systems Evidence in cooperation with McMaster Health Forum. She has continued to provide translation support and is also working to support its widespread use in China.
Qi is the recipient of a Queen Elizabeth Scholarship in Strengthening Health and Social Systems which helps support her PhD research. As the Forum’s first QE Scholar from China she hopes that her time in Canada will prepare her with how to use evidence, values and insights to support decision-making in health and social systems so that she can play a key role in developing the health policy research field in China upon her return.