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. Bruno, BA, Guirguis, K, Rofaiel, D, Yu, CH. Is Sociodemographic Status Associated with Empathic Communication and Decision Quality in Diabetes Care?. J Gen Intern Med. 2022; :. doi: 10.1007/s11606-021-07230-5. PubMed PMID:34981361 .
  2. Yu, CH, Medleg, F, Choi, D, Spagnuolo, CM, Pinnaduwage, L, Straus, SE et al.. Integrating shared decision-making into primary care: lessons learned from a multi-centre feasibility randomized controlled trial. BMC Med Inform Decis Mak. 2021;21 (1):323. doi: 10.1186/s12911-021-01673-w. PubMed PMID:34809626 PubMed Central PMC8609876.
  3. Yu, C, Chu, K, McCready, J, Downey, S, Pham, TT. Leveraging Innovative Leadership Models within Community and Healthcare Organizations to Support Safe School Reopening during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Healthc Q. 2021;24 (3):34-41. doi: 10.12927/hcq.2021.26621. PubMed PMID:34792446 .
  4. 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.
  5. 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 .
  6. 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.
  7. 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 .
  8. 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 .
  9. 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 .
  10. 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.
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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