null Susan Bartlett, PhD

Senior Scientist, RI-MUHC

Brain Repair and Integrative Neuroscience (BRaIN) Program

Centre for Outcomes Research and Evaluation

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

Department of Medicine, Division of Clinical Epidemiology, MUHC



behavioural medicine • inflammatory arthritis • patient-centred outcomes • patient research partners • psychosocial factors

Research Focus

My research focuses on behavioural factors that affect health outcomes. I study how behaviour change (e.g., diet, exercise, smoking, taking medications regularly) and emotional wellbeing (stress, depression, anxiety) can help people with inflammatory arthritis and other chronic conditions feel and function better. I also evaluate ways to make medical care more patient-centred by collaborating with patient research partners, developing better patient reported outcome measures, and improving doctor-patient communication.

Selected Publications

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  • Kirwan JR, de Wit M, Frank L, Haywood KL, Salek S, Brace-McDonnell S, Lyddiatt A, Barbic SP, Alonso J, Guillemin F, Bartlett SJ. Emerging Guidelines for Patient Engagement in Research. Value in health : the journal of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research. 2017;20(3):481-6. Epub 2017/03/16. doi: 10.1016/j.jval.2016.10.003. PMID: 28292494.

  • Schulman E, Bartlett SJ, Schieir O, Andersen KM, Boire G, Pope JE, Hitchon C, Jamal S, Thorne CJ, Tin D, Keystone EC, Haraoui B, Goodman SM, Bykerk VP, Investigators C. Overweight and Obesity Reduce the Likelihood of Achieving Sustained Remission in Early Rheumatoid Arthritis: Results from the Canadian Early Arthritis Cohort Study. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2017. Epub 2017/12/02. doi: 10.1002/acr.23457. PMID: 29193840.

  • Feemster LC, Saft H, Bartlett SJ, Parthasarathy S, Barnes T, Calverly P, Curtis JR, Hickam D, Mularski RA, Au DH, Chlan L, Reinke LF, Cooke CR, Cox CE, Krishnan JA, Rubin E, Shah S, Sullivan DR, Kross EK. Patient Centered Outcomes Research in Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine: An Official American Thoracic Society Workshop Report. Annals of the American Thoracic Society. 2018;in press.

  • Kelly A, Tong A, Tymms K, March L, Craig JC, De Vera M, Evans V, Hassett G, Toupin-April K, van den Bemt B, Teixeira-Pinto A, Alten R, Bartlett SJ, Campbell W, Dawson T, Gill M, Hebing R, Meara A, Nieuwlaat R, Shaw Y, Singh JA, Suarez-Almazor M, Sumpton D, Wong P, Christensen R, Beaton D, de Wit M, Tugwell P, Group O-A. Outcome Measures in Rheumatology - Interventions for medication Adherence (OMERACT-Adherence) Core Domain Set for Trials of Interventions for Medication Adherence in Rheumatology: 5 Phase Study Protocol. Trials. 2018;19(1):204. Epub 2018/03/29. doi: 10.1186/s13063-018-2565-z. PMID: 29587864.

  • Bartlett S, Bykerk V, Fautrel B, Guillemin F, den Broeder A, Alten R, Christensen R, Choy E, Furst D, Hewlett S, Leong A, March L, Woodworth T, Bingham C, Canadian Early Arthrit C. The OMERACT RA Flare Questionnaire (RA-FQ) is Responsive to Change in RA Symptoms and Impacts. Journal of Rheumatology. 2017;44(6):889-90.