Dawn Stacey


Dawn Stacey
Full Professor and RN, PhD, CON(C), FCAHS, FCAN, FAAN

2005 Ph.D. Population Health University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario
2000 M.Sc.N. Nursing University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario
1987 B.Sc.N. Nursing McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario

Room: RGN 3038
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Work E-mail: dstacey@uOttawa.ca

Dawn Stacey


Dr. Dawn Stacey (RN, PhD, CON(C), FCAHS, FCAN, FAAN) is a Full Professor in the School of Nursing where she holds a University Research Chair in Knowledge Translation to Patients (2012). She is a Senior Scientist at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and member of their Centre for Implementation Research. Her outstanding and continuous accomplishments in research were recognized when she received the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing Research of Excellence Award (2020) and the Dean’s Award of Research Excellence (2020). She is a fellow of the Canadian Association of Health Sciences (FCAHS), Canadian Academy of Nursing (FCAN), and American Academic of Nursing (FAAN), and member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists. She is the scientific director of the Patient Decision Aids Research Group and she created and leads the Pan-Canadian Oncology Symptom Triage and Remote Support (COSTaRS) research group.

Dr. Stacey’s research program is focused on advancing the science of knowledge translation to patients. The overall goal is to understand, measure, and evaluate the effectiveness of knowledge translation interventions for patients and evaluate strategies to enhance patient engagement in shared decision making.

Dr. Stacey leads the Cochrane Review of Patient Decision Aids, is a co-investigator on the Cochrane Review of Interventions to Improve the Adoption of Shared Decision Making, and co–chairs the International Patient Decision Aid Standards Collaboration (IPDAS). She lectures extensively both nationally and internationally with her research findings used in clinical practice, continuing education for healthcare professionals, and health policy in Canada, the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Norway, Taiwan, and Chile. 

  • Cross-Appointment
    Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine
    University of Ottawa
  • Senior Scientist (2005-present)
    Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
  • Adjunct Professor in Shared Decision Making (2020 – present)
    Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southern Denmark
  • Adjunct Professor (2020-present)
    La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia

Research Interests

  • Knowledge translation to patients
  • Supporting patients’ decision making with decision support tools and coaching
  • Interprofessional shared decision making
  • Oncology nursing
  • Patient centred care
  • Nurse telephone consultation
  • Implementation of innovations in practice and organizations 


Key publications:
(*graduate students; knowledge users)

  • Stacey D, Carley M, Newton J for the COSTaRS Research Group. (2020). Pan-Canadian Oncology Symptom Triage and Remote Support (COSTaRS) practice guides: What’s changed in version 2020. Canadian Oncology Nursing Journal. 30(4), 269-276. Guides de pratique de l’équipe pancanadienne de triage des symptômes et aide à distance en oncologie (COSTaRS) – Changements apportés à la version 2020. 30(4), 277-286.
  • Stacey D, Légaré F, Boland L, Lewis KB, Loiselle MC, Hoefel L, Garvelink M, O'Connor A. (2020) 20th Anniversary Ottawa Decision Support Framework: Part 3 Overview of Systematic Reviews and Updated Framework. Med Decis Making. Apr;40(3):379-398. doi: 10.1177/0272989X20911870.
  • Stacey D, Légaré F, *Lewis KB (2017). Patient decision aids to engage adults in treatment and screening decisions. JAMA; 318(7): 657-658.
  • Stacey D, Légaré F, Lewis K, Barry MJ, Bennett CL, Eden KB, Holmes-Rovner M, Llewellyn-Thomas H, Lyddiatt A, Thomson R, Trevena L. (2017) Decision aids for people facing health treatment or screening decisions. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. Apr 12;4:1-297; CD001431. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD001431.pub5. (in 2019, cited >250 times for top cited Cochrane Review).
  • Stacey D, Taljaard M, Dervin G, Tugwell P, O’Connor A, Pomey M-P, Boland L, Beach S, Meltzer D, Hawker G. (2016). Impact of patient decision aids on appropriate and timely access to hip or knee arthroplasty for osteoarthritis: A randomized controlled trial. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage. 24(1), 99-107. Doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.joca.2015.07.024.
  • Stacey D, Green E, Ballantyne B, Tarasuk J, Skrutkowski M, Carley M, Chapman K, Kuziemsky C, Kolari E, Sabo B, Saucier A, Shaw T, Tardif L, *Truant T, Cummings G, Howell D. (2016). Implementation of symptom protocols for nurses providing telephone-based cancer symptom management: A comparative case study. Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing. 13(6), 420-431. doi: 10.1111/wvn.12166.
  • Stacey D, Briere N, Robitaille H, Fraser K, Desroches S, Légaré F. (2014). A systematic process for creating and appraising clinical vignettes to illustrate interprofessional shared decision making. Journal of Interprofessional Care. 28(5):453-459. doi: 10.3109/13561820.2014.911157.
  • Stacey D, Briere N, Robitaille H, Fraser K, Desroches S, Légaré F. (2014). A systematic process for creating and appraising clinical vignettes to illustrate interprofessional shared decision making. Journal of Interprofessional Care. 28(5):453-459. doi: 10.3109/13561820.2014.911157.
  • Stacey D, Kryworuchko J, Belkora J, Davison BJ, Durand MA, Eden KB, Hoffman AS, Koerner M, Légaré F, Loiselle MC, Street RL. (2013) Coaching and guidance with patient decision aids: A review of theoretical and empirical evidence. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, 13(Suppl 2): S11.

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