Janet Parsons




Dr. Janet Parsons is a Scientist at the Applied Health Research Centre and the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital. She is also an Associate Professor affiliated with the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, the Department of Physical Therapy, the Institute of Medical Science and the Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto. She is an Academic Fellow at the Centre for Critical Qualitative Health Research (CQ) at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health (U of T). Dr. Parsons’ research is focused on developing and applying qualitative methodologies to a variety of health care issues, with specific interests in narrative, arts-based and visual methods for research and knowledge translation. As a methodologist and health services researcher working in a wide range of topic areas, her main interests include patients’ experiences of illness, health disparities, patient and community engagement, healthcare delivery, and the sociology of health and illness. Dr. Parsons has contributed to the training of numerous graduate students. She currently serves as the Co-Director of the Research Training Centre (RTC) at St. Michael’s Hospital.

Recent Publications

  1. King, LK, Waugh, E, MacKay, C, Stanaitis, I, Stretton, J, Weisman, A et al.. 'It's a Dance Between Managing Both': a qualitative study exploring perspectives of persons with knee osteoarthritis and type 2 diabetes mellitus on the impact of osteoarthritis on diabetes management and daily life. BMJ Open. 2022;12 (11):e061472. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2022-061472. PubMed PMID:36332958 PubMed Central PMC9639074.
  2. Sellen, K, Goso, N, Halleran, L, Mulvale-Fletcher, A, Sarmiento, F, Ligabue, F et al.. Design details for overdose education and take-home naloxone kits: Codesign with family medicine, emergency department, addictions medicine and community. Health Expect. 2022;25 (5):2440-2452. doi: 10.1111/hex.13559. PubMed PMID:35909312 PubMed Central PMC9615059.
  3. Sayani, A, Maybee, A, Manthorne, J, Nicholson, E, Bloch, G, Parsons, JA et al.. Equity-Mobilizing Partnerships in Community (EMPaCT): Co-Designing Patient Engagement to Promote Health Equity. Healthc Q. 2022;24 (SP):86-92. doi: 10.12927/hcq.2022.26768. PubMed PMID:35467517 .
  4. Sayani, A, Manthorne, J, Nicholson, E, Bloch, G, Parsons, JA, Hwang, SW et al.. Toward equity-oriented cancer care: a Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) protocol to promote equitable access to lung cancer screening. Res Involv Engagem. 2022;8 (1):11. doi: 10.1186/s40900-022-00344-y. PubMed PMID:35382905 PubMed Central PMC8980795.
  5. Sayani, A, Maybee, A, Manthorne, J, Nicholson, E, Bloch, G, Parsons, JA et al.. Building Equitable Patient Partnerships during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Challenges and Key Considerations for Research and Policy. Healthc Policy. 2021;17 (1):17-24. doi: 10.12927/hcpol.2021.26582. PubMed PMID:34543172 PubMed Central PMC8437252.
  6. Lo Hog Tian, JM, Watson, JR, Ibáñez-Carrasco, F, Tran, B, Parsons, JA, Maunder, RG et al.. Impact of experienced HIV stigma on health is mediated by internalized stigma and depression: results from the people living with HIV stigma index in Ontario. BMC Public Health. 2021;21 (1):1595. doi: 10.1186/s12889-021-11596-w. PubMed PMID:34496825 PubMed Central PMC8427956.
  7. Ho, ES, Parsons, JA, Davidge, K, Clarke, HM, Lawson, ML, Wright, FV et al.. Developing a decision aid for youth with brachial plexus birth injuries facing treatment decisions for an elbow flexion contracture. PM R. 2022;14 (8):971-986. doi: 10.1002/pmrj.12677. PubMed PMID:34259390 .
  8. Ho, ES, Parsons, JA, Davidge, KM, Clarke, HM, Wright, FV. Shared decision making in youth with brachial plexus birth injuries and their families: A qualitative study. Patient Educ Couns. 2021;104 (10):2586-2591. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2021.03.017. PubMed PMID:33766450 .
  9. Pritlove, C, Markowitz, B, Mukerji, G, Advani, A, Parsons, JA. Experiences and perspectives of the parents of emerging adults living with type 1 diabetes. BMJ Open Diabetes Res Care. 2020;8 (1):. doi: 10.1136/bmjdrc-2019-001125. PubMed PMID:33004400 PubMed Central PMC7534673.
  10. Ala-Leppilampi, K, Baker, NA, McKillop, C, Butler, MO, Siu, LL, Spreafico, A et al.. Cancer patients' experiences with immune checkpoint modulators: A qualitative study. Cancer Med. 2020;9 (9):3015-3022. doi: 10.1002/cam4.2940. PubMed PMID:32119767 PubMed Central PMC7196048.
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Co-Director, Research Training Centre (RTC), Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Science & Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, University of Toronto
  • Associate Member, School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto
  • CQ Fellow, Centre for Critical Qualitative Health Research, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto