null Claire Godard-Sebillotte, MD, PhD

Junior Scientist, RI-MUHC, Montreal General Hospital site

Brain Repair and Integrative Neuroscience (BRaIN) Program

Centre for Outcomes Research and Evaluation

Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, McGill University



epidemiology • geriatrics • health services research • health care organization • neurodegenerative diseases • social determinants of health • equity

Research Focus

My research program focuses on health service research to improve care trajectories of older adults in situations of vulnerability, especially persons with dementia. I have a strong expertise in suboptimal care trajectories of vulnerable older adults, including their definition and prevention, with a focus on avoidable hospital use related to gaps in care. I also specialize in health administrative database analysis and the use of cutting-edge causal inference methods for the evaluation of non-randomized interventions. I have built strong and ongoing collaborations with key stakeholders like the Quebec Ministry of Health, the Institut National de Santé Publique du Québec (INSPQ) and the Alzheimer’s Society. I use an equity lens to understand how social determinants of health play into the care of older persons with dementia and to develop recommendations to improve the care of all persons with dementia.

Selected Publications

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  • Godard-Sebillotte C, Strumpf E, Sourial N, Rochette L, Pelletier E, Vedel, I. (2021) Avoidable hospitalizations in persons with dementia: a population-wide descriptive study (2000-2015). Can Geriatr J. 2021;24(3):209-221. Published 2021 Sep 1. doi:10.5770/cgj.24.486 * Canadian Geriatric Journal Research Article of the month March 2022.

  • Godard-Sebillotte C, Strumpf E, Sourial N, Rochette L, Pelletier E, Vedel I. (2021) Primary care continuity and avoidable hospitalization in persons with dementia. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2021 May;69(5):1208-1220. doi: 10.1111/jgs.17049. Epub 2021 Feb 26. PMID: 33635538.

  • Godard-Sebillotte C, Le Berre M, Schuster T, Trottier M, Vedel I (2019) Impact of health service interventions on acute hospital use in community-dwelling persons with dementia A systematic literature review and meta-analysis. PLoS One. 2019;14(6):e0218426. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0218426. eCollection 2019.

  • Sex differences in dementia primary care performance and health service use: A population-based study. Sourial N, Vedel I, Godard-Sebillotte C, Etches J, Arsenault-Lapierre G, Bronskill S. J Am Geriatr Soc. 68 (5):1056-1063. May 17, 2020. doi:10.1111/jgs.16347 * Prix Relève étoile Jacques Genest, Fonds de recherche du Québec ($1,000)

  • Bronskill SE, Maclagan LC, Maxwell CJ, Iaboni A, Jaakkimainen L, Marras C, Wang X, Guan J, Harris DA, Emdin A, Jones A, Sourial N, Godard-Sebillotte C, Vedel I, Austin PC, Swart RH. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on trends in health service use for persons with dementia and Parkinson’s disease: a population-based repeated cross-sectional analysis. JAMA Health Forum. 2022;3(1):e214599. doi:10.1001/jamahealthforum.2021.4599.