Dr. Michelle Nelson is a health services researcher in the Bridgepoint Research and Innovation Cooperative Laboratory. She is an Assistant Professor (Status) in the Department of Clinical Public Health-Dalarana School of Public Health (University of Toronto) and an adjunct professor in the Daphne Corkwell School of Nursing at Ryerson University.She holds a master’s and doctorate from the University of Manitoba.
Dr. Nelson’s research project is funded by donors such as CIHR and Manulife. Her research plan focuses on issues related to the provision of rehabilitation care for complex patients.
It aims to promote the partnership between rehabilitation researchers and knowledge users to conduct research that directly responds to the information needs of clinicians and managers, and accelerate the application of research results to the provision of rehabilitation services.
Her previous work has shown that most of the stroke rehabilitation evidence used to develop clinical guidelines excludes patients with comorbidities, and that clinicians rely on experience and teamwork to manage these patient groups.
Based on these results, she is trying to understand how clinicians successfully manage patients with multiple health and social issues to determine scalable clinical principles and procedures.
In addition to academic publications and speeches, Dr. Nelson’s work also has clinical-level impact. Her work has promoted a change in best practice, enabling Bridgepoint’s Stroke Rehabilitation Program to receive the Stroke Excellence Award from the Canadian Accreditation Agency, which is one of only eight rehabilitation hospitals in Ontario.