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, LL, Beaton, DE, Green, RE, Dawson, DR. Financial Management Activity Process: Qualitative inquiry of adults with acquired brain injury. Can J Occup Ther. 2019; :8417419833839. doi: 10.1177/0008417419833839. PubMed PMID:31106591 .
  2. Terslev, L, Naredo, E, Keen, HI, Bruyn, GAW, Iagnocco, A, Wakefield, RJ et al.. The OMERACT Stepwise Approach to Select and Develop Imaging Outcome Measurement Instruments: The Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Example. J. Rheumatol. 2019; :. doi: 10.3899/jrheum.181158. PubMed PMID:30877208 .
  3. Boers, M, Beaton, DE, Shea, BJ, Maxwell, LJ, Bartlett, SJ, Bingham, CO 3rd et al.. OMERACT Filter 2.1: Elaboration of the Conceptual Framework for Outcome Measurement in Health Intervention Studies. J. Rheumatol. 2019; :. doi: 10.3899/jrheum.181096. PubMed PMID:30770515 .
  4. Maxwell, LJ, Beaton, DE, Shea, BJ, Wells, GA, Boers, M, Grosskleg, S et al.. Core Domain Set Selection According to OMERACT Filter 2.1: The OMERACT Methodology. J. Rheumatol. 2019; :. doi: 10.3899/jrheum.181097. PubMed PMID:30770502 .
  5. Gignac, MAM, Irvin, E, Cullen, K, Van Eerd, D, Beaton, DE, Mahood, Q et al.. Men and women's occupational activities and the risk of developing osteoarthritis of the knee, hip or hands: A systematic review and recommendations for future research. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2019; :. doi: 10.1002/acr.23855. PubMed PMID:30762317 .
  6. Gignac, MAM, Smith, PM, Ibrahim, S, Kristman, V, Beaton, DE, Mustard, CA et al.. Retirement Expectations of Older Workers with Arthritis and Diabetes Compared with Those of Workers with No Chronic Diseases. Can J Aging. 2019; :1-19. doi: 10.1017/S0714980818000685. PubMed PMID:30739615 .
  7. Beaton, DE, Maxwell, LJ, Shea, BJ, Wells, GA, Boers, M, Grosskleg, S et al.. Instrument Selection Using the OMERACT Filter 2.1: The OMERACT Methodology. J. Rheumatol. 2019; :. doi: 10.3899/jrheum.181218. PubMed PMID:30709952 .
  8. Ramiro, S, Page, MJ, Whittle, SL, Huang, H, Verhagen, AP, Beaton, DE et al.. The OMERACT Core Domain Set for Clinical Trials of Shoulder Disorders. J. Rheumatol. 2019; :. doi: 10.3899/jrheum.181070. PubMed PMID:30709947 .
  9. Nielsen, SM, Tugwell, P, de Wit, MPT, Boers, M, Beaton, DE, Woodworth, TG et al.. Identifying Provisional Generic Contextual Factor Domains for Clinical Trials in Rheumatology: Results from an OMERACT Initiative. J. Rheumatol. 2019; :. doi: 10.3899/jrheum.181081. PubMed PMID:30647174 .
  10. Kelly, A, Bartlett, SJ, de Wit, MP, Beaton, DE, Dawson, T, Evans, V et al.. Addressing Challenges in Developing a Core Domain Set in Adherence Interventions in Rheumatology: A Report from the OMERACT-Adherence Group. J. Rheumatol. 2019; :. doi: 10.3899/jrheum.181078. PubMed PMID:30647162 .
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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