null Patricia Li, MD, MSc, FRCPC

Scientist, RI-MUHC, 5252 de Maisonneuve site

Child Health and Human Development Program

Centre for Outcomes Research and Evaluation

Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, McGill University

Department of Pediatrics, Division of General Pediatrics, MUHC



administrative databases • health services research • epidemiology • pediatrics • primary care • vulnerable populations • health equity • asthma • knowledge translation

Research Focus

My research program examines the organization and delivery of healthcare services for children, focused on primary, preventative, and hospital care, as well as on health equity. I am a clinician-scientist and principal investigator or co-investigator in studies using large health administrative data sets, clinical cohorts, innovative trial designs, patient and partner engagement, and qualitative methods. Having completed a CIHR- and FRQS-funded study on the quality of primary care for children in Quebec, I co-created the Montreal site for TARGet Kids!, the largest primary care research network in Canada. This open longitudinal cohort study, which is also a platform for clinical trials, is focused on optimizing health and healthcare in early childhood to improve lifelong outcomes. My studies aim at working with knowledge users (such as decision makers and administrators of healthcare, as well as practicing clinicians and families) to influence guidelines and clinical practice.

Selected Publications

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  • Li P, Rourke L, Leduc D, Arulthas S, Rezk K, Rourke J. Rourke Baby Record 2017: Clinical update for preventive care of children up to 5 years of age. Can Fam Physician. 2019 Mar;65(3):183-191. Review. PMID: 30867174.

  • Nakhla M, Rahme E, Simard M, Larocque I, Legault L, Li P. Risk of ketoacidosis in children at the time of diabetes mellitus diagnosis by primary caregiver status: a population-based retrospective cohort study. CMAJ. 2018 Apr 9;190(14):E416-E421. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.170676. PMID: 29632036.

  • Rink N, Muttalib F, Morantz G, Chase L, Cleveland J, Rousseau C, Li P. The gap between coverage and care-what can Canadian paediatricians do about access to health services for refugee claimant children?. Paediatr Child Health. 2017 Nov;22(8):430-437. doi: 10.1093/pch/pxx115. Epub 2017 Oct 31. PMID: 29479260.

  • Riverin BD, Strumpf EC, Naimi AI, Li P. Optimal Timing of Physician Visits after Hospital Discharge to Reduce Readmission. Health Serv Res. 2018 Dec;53(6):4682-4703. doi: 10.1111/1475-6773.12976. Epub 2018 May 15. PMID: 29766499.

  • Li P, To T, Parkin PC, Anderson GM, Guttmann A. Association between evidence-based standardized protocols in emergency departments with childhood asthma outcomes: a Canadian population-based study. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med (JAMA Pediatrics). 2012 Sep;166(9):834-40. doi: 10.1001/archpediatrics.2012.1195. PMID: 22776991.