Assistant Professor

Braden O'Neill


MD, DPhil

North York General Hospital
Family Medicine Teaching Unit, 4 South, North York General Hospital, 4001 Leslie Street, Toronto, Ontario Canada M2K 1E1
Research Interests
Disadvantaged Populations, Cancer Care, Chronic Diseases, Education Research, Health Informatics, Health Policy, Health Service Delivery, Knowledge Translation, Medications, Mental Health, Multimorbidity, Screening, Electronic Medical Records, Administrative Databases, Grounded Theory, Generic Qualitative, Mixed Methods, , ,
Graduate Students, Volunteers

   Current appointments:
   Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto
   Family Physician, Family Medicine Teaching Unit, North York General Hospital
   MD, University of Calgary, Canada (2015)
   DPhil in Primary Health Care, University of Oxford, United Kingdom (2014)
   BSc in Biological Sciences, University of Alberta, Canada (2009)

Research Synopsis

My primary research interests are around the physical health of people with serious mental illness and the use of health information technology for patient engagement and research conduct.

Recent Publications

Towards an improved understanding of modern health information ecology. O’Neill B. Soc Sci Med 2017 Jan;173:108-9.

Primary care quality indicators for children: measuring quality in UK general practice. Gill PJ, O’Neill B, Rose P, Mant D, Harnden A. Br J Gen Pract. 2014 Dec;64(629):e752-7. doi: 10.3399/bjgp14X682813.

An overview of self-administered health literacy instruments. O’Neill B, Goncalves D, Ricci-Cabello I, Ziebland S, Valderas J. PLoS One. 2014 Dec 5 doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0109110

Differences in the Volume of Pharmaceutical Advertisements between Print General Medical Journals. Gettings J, O’Neill B, Chokshi DA, Colbert JA, Gill P, Lebovic G, Lexchin J, Persaud N. PLoS One. 2014 Jan 8. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0084790.

“People power” or “pester power”? YouTube as a forum for the generation of evidence and patient advocacy. Mazanderani F, O’Neill B, Powell J. Patient Education and Counseling. 2013 Dec 3;93(3): 420-425.

The role of a student-run clinic in providing primary care for Calgary’s homeless populations: a qualitative study. Campbell DJ, Gibson K, O’Neill BG, Thurston WE. BMC Health Serv Res. 2013 Jul 17;13:277. doi: 10.1186/1472-6963-13-277.

Which is the best research paper of all time? O’Neill B, MacDonald H. Student BMJ 2013;21:f2662.

True or False? Half of medical school teaching will soon be proved wrong. O’Neill B, MacDonald H. Student BMJ 2013;21:f2491

‘People power’ or ‘Pester power’? YouTube, multiple sclerosis, and the ‘liberation procedure’. O’Neill B, Mazanderani F, Powell J. Lancet 2012;380:S20, doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(13)60376-1.

The evidence underpinning sports performance products: A systematic assessment. Heneghan C., Howick J., O’Neill B., Gill PJ., Lasserson DS., Cohen D., Davis R., Ward A., Smith A., Jones G., Thompson M. BMJ Open 2012;2(4).

Mythbusting sports and exercise products. Heneghan C., Gill P., O’Neill B., Lasserson D., Thake M., Thompson M. BMJ 2012;45:e4848.

Honours and Awards


New Investigator Award, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto (2017)

Rhodes Scholarship (2010)


Principal investigator: Cardiovascular disease risk assessment among people with schizophrenia (College of Family Physicians of Canada, 2018-2019; $5000)

Co-investigator: SPIDER-NET, A Structured Process Informed by Data, Evidence and Research-Network: An approach to support primary care practices in optimizing the management of patients with complex needs (Canadian Institute of Health Research, 2018-2022; $1 000 000)

Principal investigator: International Primary Care Research Priority Setting (North York General Hospital Foundation, 2016-2018; $7500)