Dorcas Beaton


Associate Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute


Dr. Dorcas Beaton is an occupational therapist with graduate training in clinical epidemiology. Prior to her career in research, she practiced OT with clients with musculoskeletal disorders, in particular those having undergone upper extremity reconstructive procedures. She is a Senior Scientist at the Institute for Work & Health, Toronto. Dorcas is an Associate Professor in her primary department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and holds full School of Graduate Studies appointments in both the Institute for Health Policy Management and Evaluation (Clinical Epidemiology) and the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute. Her research skills span measurement sciences (development of instruments, methods to improve selection of instruments, testing of instruments), cohort studies in musculoskeletal populations (fracture patients, arthritis, injured workers), and efforts to better understand and improve guideline implementation in fragility fracture patients. Dr. Beaton is the lead scientist supporting the well-used Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder, and Hand Outcome Measure, she currently is on the executive of an international consensus based group on outcome measurement in rheumatology (OMERACT) and is involved in various international collaborations to improve outcome measurement in clinical care and clinical research.

In 2013 she received the Helen Saarinen Lectureship Award from the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario. In 2012 she was selected reviewer of the year by the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, and also received the Research Innovation award from the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto. in 2011, 2012, 2015.

Please note: Dr. Beaton will not be taking any summer students in 2018.


Recent Publications

  1. Engel, L, Beaton, DE, Touma, Z. Minimal Clinically Important Difference: A Review of Outcome Measure Score Interpretation. Rheum. Dis. Clin. North Am. 2018;44 (2):177-188. doi: 10.1016/j.rdc.2018.01.011. PubMed PMID:29622290 .
  2. Engel, L, Chui, A, Beaton, DE, Green, RE, Dawson, DR. Systematic review of measurement property evidence for eight financial management instruments in populations with acquired cognitive impairment. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2018; :. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2018.02.004. PubMed PMID:29524397 .
  3. Gignac, MAM, Ibrahim, S, Smith, PM, Kristman, V, Beaton, DE, Mustard, CA et al.. The Role of Sex, Gender, Health Factors, and Job Context in Workplace Accommodation Use Among Men and Women with Arthritis. Ann Work Expo Health. 2018; :. doi: 10.1093/annweh/wxx115. PubMed PMID:29420700 .
  4. Beaton, DE, Mamdani, M, Zheng, H, Jaglal, S, Cadarette, SM, Bogoch, ER et al.. Improvements in osteoporosis testing and care are found following the wide scale implementation of the Ontario Fracture Clinic Screening Program: An interrupted time series analysis. Medicine (Baltimore). 2017;96 (48):e9012. doi: 10.1097/MD.0000000000009012. PubMed PMID:29310418 PubMed Central PMC5728819.
  5. Ansari, H, Beaton, DE, Sujic, R, Rotondi, NK, Cullen, JD, Slater, M et al.. Equal treatment: no evidence of gender inequity in osteoporosis management in a coordinator-based fragility fracture screening program. Osteoporos Int. 2017;28 (12):3401-3406. doi: 10.1007/s00198-017-4206-x. PubMed PMID:28891035 .
  6. Tunis, SR, Maxwell, LJ, Graham, ID, Shea, BJ, Beaton, DE, Bingham, CO 3rd et al.. Engaging Stakeholders and Promoting Uptake of OMERACT Core Outcome Instrument Sets. J. Rheumatol. 2017;44 (10):1551-1559. doi: 10.3899/jrheum.161273. PubMed PMID:28765256 .
  7. Vaillancourt, S, Seaton, MB, Schull, MJ, Cheng, AHY, Beaton, DE, Laupacis, A et al.. Patients' Perspectives on Outcomes of Care After Discharge From the Emergency Department: A Qualitative Study. Ann Emerg Med. 2017;70 (5):648-658.e2. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2017.05.034. PubMed PMID:28712607 .
  8. Finger, ME, Boonen, A, Woodworth, TG, Escorpizo, R, Christensen, R, Nielsen, SM et al.. An OMERACT Initiative Toward Consensus to Identify and Characterize Candidate Contextual Factors: Report from the Contextual Factors Working Group. J. Rheumatol. 2017;44 (11):1734-1739. doi: 10.3899/jrheum.161200. PubMed PMID:28461648 .
  9. Warmington, K, Flewelling, C, Kennedy, CA, Shupak, R, Papachristos, A, Jones, C et al.. Telemedicine delivery of patient education in remote Ontario communities: feasibility of an Advanced Clinician Practitioner in Arthritis Care (ACPAC)-led inflammatory arthritis education program. Open Access Rheumatol. 2017;9 :11-19. doi: 10.2147/OARRR.S122015. PubMed PMID:28280400 PubMed Central PMC5338940.
  10. Petkovic, J, Barton, JL, Flurey, C, Goel, N, Bartels, CM, Barnabe, C et al.. Health Equity Considerations for Developing and Reporting Patient-reported Outcomes in Clinical Trials: A Report from the OMERACT Equity Special Interest Group. J. Rheumatol. 2017;44 (11):1727-1733. doi: 10.3899/jrheum.160975. PubMed PMID:28202740 PubMed Central PMC5800396.
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Director, Musculoskeletal Health and Outcomes Research, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Associate Professor, Occupational Sciences and Occupational Therapy, University of Toronto
  • Full Member, School of Graduate Studies, Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Toronto
  • Full Member, School of Graduate Studies, Health Policy Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto
  • Senior Scientist, Measurement theme, Institute for Work & Health