Tara Gomes

PhD, MHSc

Scientist

Biography

Tara Gomes is an epidemiologist and Principal Investigator of the Ontario Drug Policy Research Network (ODPRN), a provincial network of researchers with expertise in pharmaceutical utilization, outcomes and policy who rapidly conduct research for drug decision-makers in Ontario and across Canada.  She holds a Canada Research Chair in Drug Policy Research and Evaluation, is a Scientist in the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital and ICES, and is an assistant professor at the University of Toronto.  Her research is focused on pharmacoepidemiology, drug safety and drug policy research leveraging large, administrative databases, and she has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles and over 100 policy reports in this area.  Dr. Gomes also works closely with government regulators at the provincial and national level to develop evidence to inform policies related to opioid use disorder and opioid-related harm through the Ontario Opioid Drug Observatory.  In 2014, she was awarded the Institute for Public Administration of Canada’s Bronze Public Sector Leadership Award in Health and Education to recognize the impact of the ODPRN’s work.

Recent Publications

  1. Gomes, T, Campbell, TJ, Martins, D, Paterson, JM, Robertson, L, Juurlink, DN et al.. Inequities in access to primary care among opioid recipients in Ontario, Canada: A population-based cohort study. PLoS Med. 2021;18 (6):e1003631. doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1003631. PubMed PMID:34061846 PubMed Central PMC8168863.
  2. Gomes, T, Kitchen, SA, Murray, R. Measuring the Burden of Opioid-Related Mortality in Ontario, Canada, During the COVID-19 Pandemic. JAMA Netw Open. 2021;4 (5):e2112865. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.12865. PubMed PMID:34037734 PubMed Central PMC8155822.
  3. Zipursky, JS, Pang, A, Paterson, JM, Austin, PC, Mamdani, M, Gomes, T et al.. Trends in Postpartum Opioid Prescribing: A Time Series Analysis. Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2021; :. doi: 10.1002/cpt.2307. PubMed PMID:34032277 .
  4. Persaud, N, Bedard, M, Boozary, A, Glazier, RH, Gomes, T, Hwang, SW et al.. Adherence at 2 years with distribution of essential medicines at no charge: The CLEAN Meds randomized clinical trial. PLoS Med. 2021;18 (5):e1003590. doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1003590. PubMed PMID:34019540 PubMed Central PMC8139488.
  5. Kurteva, S, Abrahamowicz, M, Gomes, T, Tamblyn, R. Association of Opioid Consumption Profiles After Hospitalization With Risk of Adverse Health Care Events. JAMA Netw Open. 2021;4 (5):e218782. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.8782. PubMed PMID:34003273 PubMed Central PMC8132136.
  6. Holbrook, A, Benipal, H, Paterson, JM, Martins, D, Greaves, S, Lee, M et al.. Adverse event rates associated with oral anticoagulant treatment early versus later after hospital discharge in older adults: a retrospective population-based cohort study. CMAJ Open. ;9 (2):E364-E375. doi: 10.9778/cmajo.20200138. PubMed PMID:33863794 PubMed Central PMC8084547.
  7. Wilton, J, Chong, M, Abdia, Y, Purssell, R, MacInnes, A, Gomes, T et al.. Cohort profile: development and characteristics of a retrospective cohort of individuals dispensed prescription opioids for non-cancer pain in British Columbia, Canada. BMJ Open. 2021;11 (4):e043586. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-043586. PubMed PMID:33849849 PubMed Central PMC8051385.
  8. Fenna, J, McCormack, D, Kitchen, S, Martins, D, Gomes, T, Tadrous, M et al.. Effect of listing strategies on utilization of antitumor necrosis factor biologics infliximab and etanercept: a cross-sectional analysis from Ontario, Canada. J Manag Care Spec Pharm. 2021;27 (4):444-452. . PubMed PMID:33769851 .
  9. Campbell, TJ, Martins, D, Tadrous, M, Juurlink, DN, Paterson, JM, Mamdani, MM et al.. Dental Opioid Prescription Characteristics and the Risk of New, Persistent Use. Am J Prev Med. 2021;60 (6):831-839. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2021.01.016. PubMed PMID:33744063 .
  10. Langford, BJ, Chen, C, Daneman, N, Brown, KA, Gomes, T, Johnstone, J et al.. Concordance between high antibiotic prescribing and high opioid prescribing among primary care physicians: a cross-sectional study. CMAJ Open. ;9 (1):E175-E180. doi: 10.9778/cmajo.20200122. PubMed PMID:33688025 PubMed Central PMC8034295.
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Assistant Professor, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto
  • Assistant Professor, Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto
  • Scientist, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences
  • Principal Investigator, Ontario Drug Policy Research Network
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