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Freelance Contractors

Are you a medical writer, clinical expert, researcher, or a health economist interested in doing independent contract work with CADTH?

We have a periodic need for contractors with experience in the following areas:

  • searching for rapid reviews, systematic reviews, environmental scans or bulletins, or other CADTH products
  • authoring rapid reviews, systematic reviews, environmental scans or bulletins, or other CADTH products
  • health economics (health economists are welcomed)
  • health-related subject matter (experts and research methodology advisers are welcomed)
  • contributing to special projects (a solid methods background is required).

You will see postings for these opportunities as they arise. Please refer to the CADTH career opportunities section for current vacancies. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected as potential contractors will be contacted. 

The Work

CADTH is an independent, not-for-profit organization responsible for providing Canada’s health care decision-makers with objective evidence to help make informed decisions about the optimal use of drugs, medical devices, diagnostics, and procedures in our health care system. We are looking for qualified freelance contractors to assist us from time to time in the preparation of our products. Our products include environmental scans, Rapid Response Reports (various levels), and peer-reviewed full systematic reviews and economic evaluations. We also conduct special methodology projects from time to time.

Environmental Scans

Environmental scans are short reports on current or emerging issues in health care technology. We alert decision-makers through our environmental scans to new and emerging health technologies that are likely to have a significant impact on the delivery of health care in Canada.

We are looking for writers with an aptitude for locating information in “difficult to find” places. This work will involve contacting federal, provincial, and territorial sources for information that is not publicly available or published in traditional sources. It is important to have a clear writing style and an ability to translate complex medical issues into easy to understand language.

The minimum level of knowledge to perform these tasks is normally acquired through the completion of an undergraduate degree in a research-related discipline plus at least two to four years of health sector research experience.

Please visit our Environmental Scans section on our website for further information.

Rapid Response Reports

Rapid Response Reports are prepared in response to inquiries related to the assessment of health care technologies, which include drugs, medical devices, diagnostic tests, and medical / surgical / dental procedures. We tailor the reports to meet the needs of decision-makers, and take into account the urgency and potential impact of the request. Rapid Response Reports range from a reference list to a detailed assessment of the best evidence available on a topic.

We are looking for researchers with experience and skills in conducting literature reviews. It is important to have strong abilities in the critical appraisal of published scientific and medical literature as well as the ability to meet tight timelines.

The minimum level of education to perform these tasks is a graduate degree in Epidemiology, Pharmacy, Pharmacoepidemiology or Health Services Research.

Please visit our Rapid Response section on our website for further information.

Formulary Reviews and Optimal Therapy Reports

We are looking for researchers and economists to conduct evidence-based analyses on pharmaceuticals, medical devices and health systems, and prepare reports on the findings.

The minimum level of education required is a graduate degree in a health-related discipline with a minimum of two to four years research experience. Training in epidemiology and biostatistics as well as pharmacy experience are considered assets.

Other requirements include:

  • Experience in critical appraisal of medical literature.
  • Understanding of research principles and evidence-based medicine principles.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work well with multidisciplinary teams, advisory committees, and external reviewers and experts.
  • Understanding of medical and scientific language and concepts of experimental design.
  • Knowledge of drug formulary decision process. 

Clinical Experts

We need clinical experts on an ongoing basis to ensure the rigour and scientific quality of our research. Clinical experts are typically engaged for formulary reviews and other CADTH reports. Clinical experts participate in teleconferences, to provide expert advice on research; review the clinical reports; and may write sections of the reports.

For formulary reviews, clinical experts are engaged for about 10 to 15 hours over the course of three months and are responsible for:

  • Supporting a review team made up of two to three research officers as well as health economists, a project manager, a submissions officer, and a methodology advisor.
  • Participating in two teleconferences.
  • Preparing a brief background (2 to 4 pages) on the clinical condition from a clinician’s perspective for inclusion in the report.
  • Reviewing the final report for comments.
  • Keeping participation in the formulary review process in strict confidence.

The minimum level of knowledge to perform these tasks is acquired through a postgraduate degree in medical specialties and specialization in a wide variety of medical specialities.