Katie Dainty

PhD, MSc

Affiliate Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute

Research Programs


Dr. Katie Dainty is a qualitative and mixed methods scientist. She graduated with her Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Toronto in 2010 and, in addition to her appointment at St. Michael’s, is an Assistant Professor in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME). She is also an Associate Member of the School of Graduate Studies at the University of Toronto. She brings an extensive background in both clinical and implementation research and has designed and evaluated several innovative projects, with an emphasis on health care quality, knowledge translation and health systems improvement. She has published over 35 peer reviewed articles which have more than 750 citations (h-index 12) and has been involved in more than $3.5 million dollars in research funding (over $750,000 as a primary investigator) in her short career.

Her main research interests are studying how organizational sociocultural variables shape knowledge translation and quality improvement. Dr. Dainty’s work involves studying issues related to organizational behaviour, implementation science, collaborative quality improvement, prehospital care and quality improvement in community health care environments. Her current research focuses on the use of qualitative and mixed methods research to critically interrogate held assumptions about behaviour and culture and their impact on quality improvement and knowledge translation at the front lines of health care.

She has lectured in several courses within IHPME including HAD7001H (Mixed Methods for Health Research), HAD3040Y (QUIPS) and she directs the Knowledge Translation Module for the Institute of Medical Science.

Current major research projects:

1. Developing a Patient Reported Outcome Measure for the Emergency Department
2. Understanding E.P.I.C.: A Qualitative Evaluation of the Expanding Paramedicine in the Community Initiative
3. The Quality Advantage: Exploring Quality Improvement in Ontario’s Community Support Sector
4. Understanding the role of Middle Management in Hospital Quality Improvement

Please note: Dr. Dainty is not taking any summer students in 2018.

Recent Publications

  1. Snobelen, PJ, Pellegrino, JL, Nevils, GS, Dainty, KN. Helping Those Who Help. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2018;11 (9):e004702. doi: 10.1161/CIRCOUTCOMES.118.004702. PubMed PMID:30354553 .
  2. Dainty, KN, Golden, BR, Hannam, R, Webster, F, Browne, G, Mittmann, N et al.. A realist evaluation of value-based care delivery in home care: The influence of actors, autonomy and accountability. Soc Sci Med. 2018;206 :100-109. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2018.04.006. PubMed PMID:29727779 .
  3. Haywood, K, Dainty, KN. Life after cardiac arrest: The importance of engaging with the 'forgotten patient'. Resuscitation. 2018;128 :A1-A2. doi: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2018.04.034. PubMed PMID:29727707 .
  4. Archambault, PM, McGavin, C, Dainty, KN, McLeod, SL, Vaillancourt, C, Lee, JS et al.. Recommendations for patient engagement in patient-oriented emergency medicine research. CJEM. 2018;20 (3):435-442. doi: 10.1017/cem.2018.370. PubMed PMID:29690943 .
  5. Leary, M, McGovern, S, Dainty, KN, Doshi, AA, Blewer, AL, Kurz, MC et al.. Examining the Use of a Social Media Campaign to Increase Engagement for the American Heart Association 2017 Resuscitation Science Symposium. J Am Heart Assoc. 2018;7 (8):. doi: 10.1161/JAHA.118.008710. PubMed PMID:29654198 PubMed Central PMC6015436.
  6. Dainty, KN, Seaton, MB, Drennan, IR, Morrison, LJ. Home Visit-Based Community Paramedicine and Its Potential Role in Improving Patient-Centered Primary Care: A Grounded Theory Study and Framework. Health Serv Res. 2018;53 (5):3455-3470. doi: 10.1111/1475-6773.12855. PubMed PMID:29542111 PubMed Central PMC6153157.
  7. Leary, M, McGovern, S, Dainty, KN, Doshi, AA, Blewer, AL, Kurz, MC et al.. The Latest in Resuscitation Science Research: Highlights from the American Heart Association's 2017 Resuscitation Science Symposium. J Am Heart Assoc. 2018;7 (2):. doi: 10.1161/JAHA.118.008589. PubMed PMID:29358196 PubMed Central PMC5850173.
  8. Buick, JE, Drennan, IR, Scales, DC, Brooks, SC, Byers, A, Cheskes, S et al.. Improving Temporal Trends in Survival and Neurological Outcomes After Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2018;11 (1):e003561. doi: 10.1161/CIRCOUTCOMES.117.003561. PubMed PMID:29317455 PubMed Central PMC5791528.
  9. Scales, DC, Cheskes, S, Verbeek, PR, Pinto, R, Austin, D, Brooks, SC et al.. Prehospital cooling to improve successful targeted temperature management after cardiac arrest: A randomized controlled trial. Resuscitation. 2017;121 :187-194. doi: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2017.10.002. PubMed PMID:28988962 .
  10. Zwarenstein, M, Shariff, S, Mittmann, N, Stern, A, Dainty, KN. A large cluster randomized trial of outcome-based pathways to improve home-based wound care. Trials. 2017;18 (1):393. doi: 10.1186/s13063-017-2082-5. PubMed PMID:28851413 PubMed Central PMC5576256.
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Assistant Professor, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto