Angille Heintzman

DPhil in Evidence-Based Health Care


Cancer screening for refugees in Canada and Europe: a realist evaluation

Research abstract

Early cancer screening of refugees could mitigate perceived and actual strains on health services, as well as delivering improved morbidity and mortality outcomes for the refugee patient. I have chosen to undertake a realist evaluation of this topic because I want to look at why, for whom, and in what circumstances primary care cancer screening programmes work (or don’t) for refugees, while also looking at this problem through the multiple policy lenses in Canada, the UK, and Germany. 


Dr. Geoffrey Wong


I have a passion for patient safety and patient-centred care, as well as how social determinants of health influence patient care. I have a BSc from the University of Alberta, a MSc in Public Policy from the University of London, and my current research interests lie in refugee health issues, particularly in the area of cancer screening. My work as a Consultant with the Alberta Medical Association in Canada involves working with primary care networks, physicians, clinic teams on improving patient-centred care and implementing alternative physician compensation models. I am currently on a career break from my role as a senior Quality manager in the National Health Service where I've worked since 2005; in this role, my interest in safety and improvement also intersects with health technology. I am a member of the Canadian College of Health Leaders and the Royal Society for Public Health.

Papers and lectures

Heintzman, A., Stanojevic, M., and Thomason, S. (2014) “Improving Blood Donor Data in Uganda”, 7th AfSBT Congress 2014 Abstracts, Safe and Sustainable Blood Services. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

Research interests

#RefugeeHealth #SocialDeterminantsOfHealth #CancerScreening