Catherine Yu




My research interests lie in the role of patient and clinician behaviour change in knowledge translation. I am particularly interested in the development of innovative strategies for continuing professional development and patient education in chronic disease management, specifically diabetes care. My projects include the role of interactive self-management websites, order sets, computer-based simulators and interprofessional workshops on knowledge, behavior change, clinical and psychological outcomes.

Additional research specialties: endocrinology and medical education

Recent Publications

  1. Wojtak, A, Altenberg, J, Annett, C, Babcock, A, Chung, K, Downey, S et al.. Mobilizing a Whole Community: Policy and Strategy Implications of an Integrated Local System Response to a Global Health Crisis. Healthc Q. 2020;23 (3):15-23. doi: 10.12927/hcq.2020.26338. PubMed PMID:33243361 .
  2. Desroches, S, Lapointe, A, Marin, J, Yu, C, Tremblay, MC, Kastner, M et al.. Environmental Scan on Canadian Interactive Knowledge Translation Tools to Prevent Diabetes Complications in Patients with Diabetes. Can J Diabetes. 2020; :. doi: 10.1016/j.jcjd.2020.07.006. PubMed PMID:33046403 .
  3. Yu, C, Choi, D, Bruno, BA, Thorpe, KE, Straus, SE, Cantarutti, P et al.. Impact of MyDiabetesPlan, a Web-Based Patient Decision Aid on Decisional Conflict, Diabetes Distress, Quality of Life, and Chronic Illness Care in Patients With Diabetes: Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial. J Med Internet Res. 2020;22 (9):e16984. doi: 10.2196/16984. PubMed PMID:32996893 PubMed Central PMC7557444.
  4. Ahmad, T, Hari, S, Cleary, D, Yu, C. "I Had Nobody to Represent Me": How Perceptions of Diabetes Health-Care Providers' Age, Gender and Ethnicity Impact Shared Decision-Making in Adults With Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes. Can J Diabetes. 2020; :. doi: 10.1016/j.jcjd.2020.06.002. PubMed PMID:32855076 .
  5. Ndjaboue, R, Farhat, I, Ferlatte, CA, Ngueta, G, Guay, D, Delorme, S et al.. Predictive models of diabetes complications: protocol for a scoping review. Syst Rev. 2020;9 (1):137. doi: 10.1186/s13643-020-01391-w. PubMed PMID:32513304 PubMed Central PMC7282106.
  6. Nichols, J, Shah, BR, Pequeno, P, Gall Casey, C, Yu, CH. Impact of a Comprehensive Guideline Dissemination Strategy on Diabetes Diagnostic Test Rates: an Interrupted Time Series. J Gen Intern Med. 2020;35 (9):2662-2667. doi: 10.1007/s11606-020-05747-9. PubMed PMID:32157647 PubMed Central PMC7458977.
  7. Yu, CH, Ke, C, Jovicic, A, Hall, S, Straus, SE, IP-SDM Team; et al.. Beyond pros and cons - developing a patient decision aid to cultivate dialog to build relationships: insights from a qualitative study and decision aid development. BMC Med Inform Decis Mak. 2019;19 (1):186. doi: 10.1186/s12911-019-0898-5. PubMed PMID:31533828 PubMed Central PMC6749701.
  8. Shah, S, McCann, M, Yu, C. Developing a National Competency-Based Diabetes Curriculum in Undergraduate Medical Education: A Delphi Study. Can J Diabetes. 2020;44 (1):30-36.e2. doi: 10.1016/j.jcjd.2019.04.019. PubMed PMID:31399366 .
  9. Bruno, BA, Choi, D, Thorpe, KE, Yu, CH. Relationship Among Diabetes Distress, Decisional Conflict, Quality of Life, and Patient Perception of Chronic Illness Care in a Cohort of Patients With Type 2 Diabetes and Other Comorbidities. Diabetes Care. 2019;42 (7):1170-1177. doi: 10.2337/dc18-1256. PubMed PMID:31048410 .
  10. Ivers, NM, Jiang, M, Alloo, J, Singer, A, Ngui, D, Casey, CG et al.. Can Fam Physician. 2019;65 (1):e8-e18. . PubMed PMID:30674524 PubMed Central PMC6347322.
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Staff Endocrinologist, Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto (cross-appointment)
  • Associate Member, School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto