Cecilia Santiago


Practice-based Researcher


Cecilia Santiago is the Nursing Practice Manager, Professional Practice Department. She is an Adjunct Lecturer at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto. Prior to her current role, she was the Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit where she started to be involved in interprofessional practice based research.

Her main research interests are evidence-based practice and person centred care. She is the co-lead of one of the studies that received the inaugural Interprofessional Practice Based Research grant. She is co-leading the evaluation of the impact of managing responsive behaviours education workshop on staff knowledge, confidence and the use of patient care plans. She is also the primary investigator of an ongoing study to evaluate staff perceptions of intra-hospital patient transitions and the perceived impact of an electronic communication tool and a patient transfer guideline.

Please note: Ms. Santiago is not taking any summer students.


Santiago C, Roza D, Porretta K & Smith O. (2019). The use of tablet and communication app for patients with endotracheal or tracheostomy tubes in the medical surgical intensive care unit: A pilot, feasibility study. Canadian Journal of Critical Care Nursing, 30(1), 17-23.

Jeffs L, Saragosa M, Zahradnik M, Hindle A, Santiago C, Krock M, Stergiopoulos V, Bulmer B, … Ramji N. (2017). Collaborative care transitions symposiums: Insights from participants. Nursing Leadership, 30(2), 39-56. PubMed PMID: 29083292

Santiago C, Lee C, Piacentino R, Deveau C, Villeneuve J, Diston MT & Smith O. (2017). A pilot study of an interprofessional, multicomponent bereavement follow-up program in the intensive care unit. Canadian Journal of Critical Care Nursing, 28(3), 18-24.

Santiago C, Lazar L, Jiang D & Burns KEA. (2014). A survey of the attitudes and perceptions of multidisciplinary team members towards family presence at bedside rounds in the intensive care unit. Intensive and Critical Care Nursing, 30, 13-21. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.iccn.2013.06.003 PubMed PMID: 23962578

Santiago C & Abdool S. (2011). Conversations about challenging end-of-life cases: Ethics debriefing in the medical surgical intensive care unit (MSICU), Dynamics, 22(4), 26-30. PubMed PMID: 22279847

O’Keefe-McCarthy S, Santiago C, & Lau G. (2008). Ventilator-associated pneumonia: Bundled strategies – an evidence-based practice, Worldviews for Evidence-Based Nursing, 5(4), 193–204 https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1741-6787.2008.00140.x