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 interactive self-management and shared-decision making websites, order sets, computer-based simulators and interprofessional workshops and their impact on knowledge, behavior change, clinical and psychological outcomes.

Additional research specialties: mentorship, endocrinology and medical education

Recent Publications

  1. Yu, CH, McCann, M, Sale, J. "In my age, we didn't have the computers": Using a complexity lens to understand uptake of diabetes eHealth innovations into primary care-A qualitative study. PLoS One. 2021;16 (7):e0254157. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0254157. PubMed PMID:34234368 PubMed Central PMC8263251.
  2. Shah, S, Yeheskel, A, Hossain, A, Kerr, J, Young, K, Shakik, S et al.. The Impact of Guideline Integration into Electronic Medical Records on Outcomes for Patients with Diabetes: A Systematic Review. Am J Med. 2021;134 (8):952-962.e4. doi: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2021.03.004. PubMed PMID:33775644 .
  3. Tricco, AC, Ashoor, HM, Antony, J, Bouck, Z, Rodrigues, M, Pham, B et al.. Comparative Efficacy and Safety of Ultra-Long-Acting, Long-Acting, Intermediate-Acting, and Biosimilar Insulins for Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus: a Systematic Review and Network Meta-Analysis. J Gen Intern Med. 2021;36 (8):2414-2426. doi: 10.1007/s11606-021-06642-7. PubMed PMID:33742305 PubMed Central PMC8342652.
  4. Swaleh, RM, Yu, C. "A Touch of Sugar": A Qualitative Study of the Impact of Health Beliefs on Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes Self-Management Among Black Canadian Adults. Can J Diabetes. 2021;45 (7):607-613.e2. doi: 10.1016/j.jcjd.2020.12.002. PubMed PMID:33582043 .
  5. Nichols, J, Mamdani, M, Gomes, T, Shah, BR, Casey, CG, Yu, CH et al.. Impact of Clinical Practice Guidelines on Blood Glucose Test Strip Prescription Rates in Manitoba and Saskatchewan (Canada): An Interrupted Time-Series Analysis. Can J Diabetes. 2021;45 (6):557-565.e2. doi: 10.1016/j.jcjd.2020.11.008. PubMed PMID:33558147 .
  6. Lega, IC, Campitelli, MA, Austin, PC, Na, Y, Zahedi, A, Leung, F et al.. Potential diabetes overtreatment and risk of adverse events among older adults in Ontario: a population-based study. Diabetologia. 2021;64 (5):1093-1102. doi: 10.1007/s00125-020-05370-7. PubMed PMID:33491105 .
  7. Sutherland, T, Choi, D, Yu, C. "Brought to life through imagery" - animated graphic novels to promote empathic, patient-centred care in postgraduate medical learners. BMC Med Educ. 2021;21 (1):66. doi: 10.1186/s12909-021-02491-4. PubMed PMID:33478483 PubMed Central PMC7818750.
  8. 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 .
  9. 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. 2021;45 (2):97-104.e2. doi: 10.1016/j.jcjd.2020.07.006. PubMed PMID:33046403 .
  10. 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.
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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