Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Patient-Oriented Knowledge Translation
Harold Robinson/Arthritis Society Chair in Arthritic Diseases
Director, Arthritis, Joint Health & Knowledge Translation Research Program

Lab Location

Arthritis Research Centre of Canada

PHTH 565 (Rheumatology)



  • International Scientific Committee Member (2006 – present), Co-Chair (2005) for CARE Conference for Non-pharmacological Care for People with Arthritis
  • Editorial Board Member for Physiotherapy Canada (2014 – present)
  • Editorial Board Member for Arthritis Care & Research (2010 – 2014)
  • Member of CIHR Institute of Musculoskeletal Health & Arthritis, Partnership and Knowledge Exchange Committee (2009 – present)
  • Member of College of Physical Therapists of British Columbia, Annual Self Report Sub-committee (2008 – present)
  • Member of Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia Extended Scope of Practice Task Force (2008 – present)

Dr. Linda Li is an Associate Professor and Harold Robinson / Arthritis Society Chair in Arthritic Diseases at the Department of Physical Therapy, University of British Columbia, and Senior Scientist at the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada.


Dr. Li earned a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy at McGill University, a Master of Science at University of Western Ontario, and a PhD in Clinical Epidemiology at University of Toronto. Funded by Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR), she completed a post-doctoral fellowship in clinical epidemiology/knowledge translation at Ottawa Hospital Research Institute.

Dr. Li is currently a Canada Research Chair in Patient-oriented Knowledge Translation, and a Michael Smith Foundation Health Research (MSFHR) Career Investigator.

As a health services researcher, Linda’s research focuses in two areas: 1) understanding the help-seeking experiences of people with early inflammatory arthritis, and 2) evaluating models of arthritis care. Her methodological skills include clinical epidemiology and mixed-methods design. She also collaborates with digital media experts to develop and evaluate online tools, such as decision aids for promoting shared-decision making and interactive programs for counseling people to be physically active. Her research is currently funded by CIHR, The Arthritis Socienty and the Grand NCE (Graphics, Animation & New Media, a Network of Centres of Excellence).

Dr. Li’s areas of methodological expertise include clinical epidemiology, knowledge translation, mixed methods designs. Dr. Linda Li’s research website

Training Opportunities

Dr. Li is currently recruiting trainees who are interested in pursuing a PhD degree through the UBC Rehabilitation Sciences Research Program

The candidate will develop his/her research project in one or more of the following areas:

  • Arthritis rehabilitation
  • Access to health services and information
  • Delivery of arthritis care in rural and remote regions
  • Knowledge translation interventions
  • If you are interested, please forward the following information to Dr. Li :
  • An updated CV
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • A one-page letter outlining your research experience and goals
  • For details, check the UBC Rehabilitation Sciences Research Program.

Significant publications:

1.    Li LC, Adam PM, Backman CL, Lineker S, Jones CA, Lacaille D, Townsend AF, Yacyshyn E, Yousefi C, Tugwell P, Leese J, Stacey D. A proof-of-concept study of ANSWER, a web-based methotrexate decision aid for patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis Care & Research. 66(10):1472-1481, 2014.

2.   Ezzat A, Cibere J, Koehoorn M, Li LC. Cumulative joint loading from occupational activities is associated with knee osteoarthritis. Arthritis Care & Research. 65(10):1634-1642, 2013.

3.    Li LC, Townsend A, Badley EM. Self-management interventions in the digital age: New approaches to support people with rheumatologic conditions. Ballière’s Best Practice & Research: Clinical Rheumatology. 26(3):321-333, 2012.

4.    Li LC, Sayre EC, Kopec J, Esdaile J, Bar S, Cibere J. Quality of non-pharmacological care for people with osteoarthritis in the community. Journal of Rheumatology. 38(10):2230-2237, 2011

5.    Li LC, Grimshaw JM, Nielsen CP, Judd M, Coyte PC, Graham ID. Communities of practice: an overview of the concept evolution. Implementation Science. 4:11,, 2009.

6.    Li LC, Maetzel A, Davis AM, Lineker S, Bombardier C, Coyte PC.  Primary therapist model for patients referred for rheumatoid arthritis rehabilitation: a cost effectiveness analysis. Arthritis and Rheumatism (Arthritis Care & Research). 55(3):402-410, 2006.

7.    Li LC, Davis AM, Lineker S, Coyte PC, Bombardier C. Effectiveness of the primary therapist model of rheumatoid arthritis rehabilitation: a randomized controlled trial. Arthritis and Rheumatism (Arthritis Care & Research). 55(1):42-52, 2006.

Papers not listed in Pubmed:

1.    Simms AM, Li LC, Reid WD. Development of a behavioural-theory based strategy to improve the prescription of inspiratory muscle training for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Physiotherapy Canada. 63(3):315-323, 2011.
2.    Hill J, Hurley M, Li L, Vliet Vlieland T. Putting caring into research – the CARE conferences. [Peer-reviewed editorial]. Musculoskeletal Care. 4(3):125-9, 2006.
3.    Li L, Bombardier C. Utilization of physical and occupational therapy by Ontario rheumatologists in managing rheumatoid arthritis – a survey. Physiotherapy Canada. 55(1):23-30, 2003.
4.    Scudds RA, Li L: Fibromyalgia: A ‘model’ chronic pain syndrome? Physiotherapy Theory and Practice 13:81-88, 1997.

See publications by Linda Li on PubMed