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Simon Décary, pht, PhD (c)

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Postdoctoral fellow – Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS), Quebec Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) SUPPORT Unit (QSSU).

Research advisor : France Légaré, MD, PhD, Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Shared Decision Making and Knowledge Translation.


  • Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Université Laval
  • Research center in primary care in health and social services – Université Laval
  • Population Health and Practice-Changing Research, CHU de Québec Université Laval

Professional affiliations

  • Ordre professionnel de la physiothérapie du Québec (OPPQ)
  • Association québécoise de la physiothérapie (AQP)
  • Réseau provincial de recherche en adaptation-réadaptation (REPAR)
  • Réseau-1 Québec
  • Quebec SPOR SUPPORT Unit


  • PhD in rehabilitation sciences – Université de Montréal (2013-2017)
  • Bachelors and masters degree in physiotherapy – Université de Montréal (2009-2013)
  • Masters degree in exercise sciences – Université de Montréal (2007-2009)
  • Bachelors degree in kinesiology – Université de Montréal (2004-2007)

Research interests             

  • Diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal disorders and chronic pain in primary care.
  • Overdiagnosis and overuse of imaging tests and specialty referrals.
  • Shared decision making in musculoskeletal disorders : influence on trajectories and treatment adherence following a preferential management plan.
  • Knowledge transfer: development of an interprofessionnal collaborative platform to support the diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal disorders and patient education in primary care.

Research projects

  • PRIMO: an app for improving shared decision-making about imaging tests and specialty referrals following a diagnosis of knee disorders.
  • Validity and reliability of combining history elements and physical examination tests for the diagnosis of common knee disorders.
  • Development of an interprofessional communication tool to improve the diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal disorders and chronic pain in primary care.
  • Development of a healthcare interprofessional training program for the diagnosis and preferential treatment allocation of common musculoskeletal disorders.
  • Decisional conflict, shared decision and preferential management in patients suffering from knee osteoarthritis in primary care.
  • Systematic review of SURE, a simplified screening tool for decisional conflict.
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