Dr. Wendy Norman has been a family physician in BC for 26 years. She is an associate professor in the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia and an associate member in the School of Population and Public Health and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Norman holds an 8-year Career Investigator Scholar award from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research for her research program: “Family Planning Health Services Research”. In October 2014, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Public Health Agency of Canada awarded Dr. Norman a five-year Chair in Applied Public Health Research for her family planning research program.
She and her team are based in the Women’s Health Research Institute of BC Women’s Hospital and she leads the national collaboration: Canadian Contraception Access Research Team/Groupe de recherche sur l’accessibilité à la contraception (CART/GRAC www.cart-grac.ubc.ca). Dr. Norman received the 2015 Darroch Award from the Guttmacher Institute for her work that combines excellence in research with practical application to public policy and programs in the field of sexual and reproductive health.
Norman completed a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Strategic Research Training Fellowship in Primary Healthcare Research, the UBC Department of Family Practice Clinician Scholar Program, and a Master of Health Science.
John Snow Prize: Awarded by the Department of Health Care and Epidemiology, UBC for the top standing in the graduate course in Epidemiology HCEP 502. March 2000; G. F. Amyot Award: Awarded by the Department of Health Care and Epidemiology, UBC in consultation with the Health Officers Council of B.C. for meritorious scholarship in the field of Public Health. May 2003; BC Researcher of the Year: Awarded by the College of Family Physicians of Canada, October 2012; Enid Johnson MacLeod Award: Awarded for leadership in the promotion of women’s health research in Canada. The Federation of Medical Women of Canada, September 2015; 2015 Faculty of Medicine Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in Clinical or Applied Research: Awarded by the University of British Columbia. This awards individuals whose performance during the current review year was exceptionally meritorious. May 2015; 2015 Darroch Award for Excellence in Sexual and Reproductive Health Research: Presented by the Guttmacher Institute, NY, NY. The awardee’s work must combine excellence in research with practical application to public policy and programs in the field of sexual and reproductive health; must demonstrate vision and innovation in methodology, analysis and communication of research findings; and must adhere to the highest standards of research methodology and analysis. Aug 2015; 2015 PHSA+ Awards – Individual Category. This award recognizes and celebrates the passion, dedication and invaluable contributions staff make every day to PHSA’s vision: Province-wide solutions. Better health. June 2015
Norman WV, Soon JA, Maughn N., Dressler J. Barriers to Rural Induced Abortion Services in Canada: Findings of the British Columbia Abortions Provider Survey (BCAPS). PLOS One 2013 June 28, 8(6): e67023. (FA, SA) [Impact factor 3.53, Top Quartile Journal, Rank 8/53]
Dressler J., Maughn N., Soon JA, Norman WV. The Perspective of Rural Physicians Providing Abortion In Canada: Qualitative Findings of the BC Abortion Providers Survey (BCAPS). PLOS One 2013 June 28, 8(6): e67070. (SA) [Impact factor 3.53, Top Quartile Journal, Rank 8/53]
Guy M, Norman WV, Malhotra U. Assessing the Health Care Needs of Women in British Columbia: Development and Validation of a Survey Tool. Can Fam Phys 2013;59 e101-e109 (SA) [Canada’s leading family practice journal, Impact Factor 1.40, Journal Rank 10/18]
Norman WV. Chiles JL, Turner CA, Brant R, Aslan A, Kaczorowski J. Comparing effectiveness of Copper Intrauterine Devices available in Canada: Is FlexiT non-inferior to NovaT when inserted immediately following first-trimester abortions? A study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. BMC Trials 13.8 (2012): 147-162. (FA, SA) [Impact factor 2.12, Rank 63/122]
Norman WV. Metronidazole prophylaxis prior to surgical abortion: Retrospective review of 51,330 cases. J Obstet Gynaecol Can 2012; 34(7): 648–652. (FA, SA) [No impact factor available- SJR Journal Rank in Top Quartile].
Norman WV. Induced abortion in Canada 1974-2005: Trends over the first generation with legal access. Contraception. 2012 Feb;85(2):185-91. doi: 10.1016/j.contraception.2011.06.009. PMID: 22036474 (FA, SA) [Impact factor 2.93, Top Quartile Journal, Rank 13/78]
Ames CM, Norman WV. Preventing repeat abortion: is the immediate insertion of intrauterine devices post-abortion a cost effective intervention associated with fewer repeat abortions in a Canadian population? Contraception, 2012; 85(1): 51-55. http://www.contraceptionjournal.org/article/S0010-7824(11)00206-X/abstract (SA) – [Impact factor 2.93, Top Quartile Journal, Rank 13/78]
Norman WV, Kaczorowski J, Soon JA, Brant R, Bryan S, Trouton K, Dicus J. Immediate vs. Delayed Insertion of Intrauterine Contraception after Second Trimester Abortion: Protocol and Rationale for a Randomized Controlled Trial. Trials 2011, 12:149 doi:10.1186/1745-6215-12-149 [Impact factor 2.12, Rank 63/122] http://www.trialsjournal.com/content/12/1/149 (FA, SA)
Cessford TA, Norman WV. Making a case for abortion curriculum reform: A knowledge assessment survey of undergraduate medical students. J Obstet Gynaecol Can 2011; 33(1): 38–45 PubMed Record: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21272435 [Citations- 0 (WOS), 15 (GS), No impact factor available- Editor cites SJR Journal Rank in Top Quartile; JOGC is the premier Women’s Health research journal in Canada].
Montgomery CA, Norman WV, Money DM, Rekart ML. Antibiotic Prophylaxis at the time of Induced Abortion. BCMJ September 2002;44 (7):367-373 (CA) [not an indexed or ranked journal]
Norman WV, Bergunder J, Eccles L. Women seeking abortion under-report gestational age by an average of one week based on last menstrual period compared to ultrasound dating. J Obstet Gynaecol Can 2011;33(3):252–257 PubMed Record: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21453565 (FA, SA) [Citation-3 (GS), No impact factor available- SJR Journal Rank in Top Quartile].
*Norman WV. Chiles JL, Turner CA, Brant R, Aslan A, Kaczorowski J. Comparing effectiveness of Copper Intrauterine Devices available in Canada: Is FlexiT non-inferior to NovaT when inserted immediately following first-trimester abortions? A study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. BMC Trials 13.8 (2012): 147-162. (FA, SA) [Impact factor 2.12, Rank 63/122]
MacDonald K, Norman WV, Popescu O. New Anomalies due to Methotrexate and Misoprostol Exposure in Early Pregnancy. International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics; 2013; 122(3): 267-268. (SA) [Impact factor 1.946]
Norman WV, Brooks M, Brant R, Soon JA, Majdzadeh A, Kaczorowski J. What proportion of Canadian women will accept an intrauterine contraceptive at the time of second trimester abortion? Recruitment findings of a randomized controlled trial. J Obstet Gynaecol Can. 2014 Jan;36(1):51-9. (FA, SA) [No impact factor available- SJR Journal Rank in Top Quartile].
Norman WV, Hestrin B, Dueck R. Access to complex abortion care service and planning improved through a toll-free telephone resource line. Obstetrics and Gynecology International, 2014 Feb, 913241, 4 pages, http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/913241 (FA, SA)
Wong M, Soon JA, Zed P, Norman WV. Development of a survey to assess acceptability of an innovative contraception practice among rural pharmacists. Pharmacy. 2014; 2(1): 124-136. (SA)
Caddy S, Yudin MH, Hakim J, Money DM, Norman WV, Allen VM, Bouchard C, Boucher M, Castillo E, Murphy KE, Ogilvie G, Paquet C. Best Practices to Minimize Risk of Infection With Intrauterine Device Insertion. SOGC Infectious Disease Committee Opinion. J Obstet Gynaecol Can 2014; 36(3):266–276 (Role = Special Contributor) [SJR Journal Rank in Top Quartile]
Norman WV. Do you have a secret researcher inside? High-quality family medicine research at Family Medicine Forum. CFP July 2014; 60(7): 602-04. [Canada’s leading family practice clinical journal. Impact Factor 1.40, Journal Rank 10/18]
Norman WV, Stothart D. IUD string perforation through anterior cervix: A case report. J Obstet Gynaecol Can 2015;37(4):345–348. FA, SA
Norman WV, Soon JA, Panagliotoglou D, Albert A, Zed P. The Acceptability of Contraception Task-sharing Among Canadian Pharmacists: The ACT-Pharm Study. Contraception 2015 Jul;92(1):55-61. (FA, SA)
Hulme J, Dunn S, Guilbert E, Soon JA, Norman WV. Barriers and facilitators to family planning access in Canada: stakeholder input on implications for health system and policy reform. Healthcare Policy 2015 Feb;10(3):48-63. (SA)
Norman WV. Our struggle to implement best practices: the example of antibiotic prescription for respiratory tract infection. Family Practice 2015 Aug;32(4):365-366. (FA, SA).
Black A, Guilbert E, Costescu, D, Dunn S, Fisher W, Kives S, Mirosh M, Norman WV, et al. Canadian Contraception Consensus Guidelines No. 329, (Part 1 of 4). J Obstet Gynaecol Can 2015 Oct;37(10): 936-42, S1-S28. (CA) [contribution- primary writer for Chapter 1, contributed second authorship to Chapter 2, overall collaboration in project and co-author on 4 chapters]
Black A, Guilbert E, Costescu, D, Dunn S, Fisher W, Kives S, Mirosh M, Norman WV, et al. Canadian Contraception Consensus Guidelines No. 329, (Part 2 of 4). J Obstet Gynaecol Can 2015 Nov;37(11):1033-5. (CA)
Black A, Guilbert E, Costescu, D, Dunn S, Fisher W, Kives S, Mirosh M, Norman WV, et al. Canadian Contraception Consensus Guidelines No. 329, (Part 3 of 4: Chapter 7). J Obstet Gynaecol Can 2016 Feb;38(2):182-222. (CA)
Black A, Guilbert E, Costescu, D, Dunn S, Fisher W, Kives S, Mirosh M, Norman WV, et al. Canadian Contraception Consensus Guidelines No. 329, (Part 4 of 4: Chapter 8). J Obstet Gynaecol Can 2016 Mar;38(3):279-300. (CA)
Guilbert ER, Hayden A, Jones HE, O’Connell White K, Lichtenberg ES, Paul M, Norman WV. First trimester medical abortion practices in Canada: A national survey. Can Fam Physician 2016 Apr;62(4):e201-8. (SA)
Norman WV, Guilbert ER, Okpaleke C, Hayden A, Lichtenberg ES, Paul M, O’Connell White K, Jones HE. Abortion health services in Canada: a 2012 national survey. Can Fam Physician 2016 Apr 62(4):e209-17. (FA, SA)
Costescu D, Guilbert E, Bernardin J, Black A, Dunn S, Fitzsimmons B, Norman WV et al. Medical Abortion (SOGC Clinical Practice Guideline). J Obstet gynaecol Can 2016 (in press). (CA)
Asgharpour M, Villarreal S, Shummers L, Hutcheon J, Shaw D, Norman WV. What is the relationship between inter-pregnancy interval and maternal and perinatal outcomes among women who delayed childbearing to 30 years or older?. 2015 June 1. PROSPERO 2015:CRD42015019057
Henning P, Burgess C, Jones HE, Norman WV. Systematic review of the effects of asking reproductive intention questions in primary care settings. PROSPERO 2015:CRD42015019726
Dr. Norman’s research program seeks to develop evidence to support improvements to family planning access, quality of care, and health policy. This research involves innovation end-users (health professionals, health system leaders, and an advisory board of citizens) in problem identification, prioritization, and research design leading to facilitated uptake of solutions. Norman’s program utilizes content expertise, collaborations, and trust established over decades as a respected and effective physician leader in the field of family planning.