Brigitte Vachon, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Contact details (Research)
Centre de recherche de l’Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal
7331 rue Hochelaga
Montréal (Québec) H1N 3V2
T 514 251-4015

Contact details (School of Rehabilitation)
T 514 343-2094

Occupational Therapy


  • B.Sc. Occupational Therapy, École de réadaptation, Université de Montréal (1994)
  • M.Sc. Biomedical Sciences (rehabilitation), Université de Montréal (1999)
  • Ph.D. Clinical Sciences, Université de Sherbrooke (2009)
  • Postdoctorat in knowledge translation, Ottawa Hospital Research Centre, University of Ottawa (2009-2012)

Current research projects

  • Evaluation of the impact and implementation of a quality improvement collaborative promoting the commitment of front-line professionals in improving the services offered to people with chronic illness in the province of Quebec: COMPAS +.
  • Development of a navigation guide for people with diabetes to facilitate access to primary care interprofessional services
  • Evaluation of the impacts and use of the portfolio in a context of continuing professional development among occupational therapists
  • Analysis of facilitators and barriers and development of occupational therapists’ practices in primary care

Selected publications

  • Vachon, B., Foucault, M.-L., Giguère, C.-E., Rochette, A, Thomas, A., & Morel, M. (2017). Factors influencing acceptability and perceived impacts of a mandatory ePortfolio implemented by an occupational therapy regulatory organization. Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions. doi:10.1097/ceh.0000000000000182
  • Vachon, B., Huynh, A-T., Breton, M., Camirand, M. Quesnel, L., Tardif, S., & Leblanc, J. (2017). Patients’ expectations and solutions for improving primary diabetes care. International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, 30(6), 554- doi:10.1108/ijhcqa-07-2016-0106
  • Foucault, M-L., Vachon, B., Thomas, A., Rochette, A., & Giguère, C-E. (2017). Utilisation of an electronic portfolio to engage occupational therapists in continuing professional development: Results of a provincial survey. Disability and Rehabilitation, 14, 1-9. doi:10.1080/09638288.2017.1300335
  • Vachon, B., Rochette, A., Thomas, A., Désormeaux, W. F., & Huynh, A-T. (2016). Professional portfolios used by Canadian occupational therapist: How can they be improved? The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy, 4(3), Article 4. doi:15453/2168-6408.1280
  • Vachon, B., Desorcy, B., Gaboury, I., Camirand, M., Rodrigue, J., Quesnel, L., . . . Grimshaw, J. (2015). Combining administrative data feedback, reflection and action planning to engage primary care professionals in quality improvement: qualitative assessment of short term program outcomes. BMC Health Services Research, 15(1), 1-8. doi:10.1186/s12913-015-1056-0
  • Vachon, B., Desorcy, B., Camirand, M., Rodrigue, J., Quesnel, L., Guimond, C., . . . Grimshaw, J. (2013). Engaging Primary Care Practitioners in Quality Improvement: Making explicit the program theory of an interprofessional education intervention. BMC Health Services Research, 13, 1 doi:10.1186/1472-6963-13-106
  • Vachon, B., Durand, M.-J., & LeBlanc, J. (2010). Empowering occupational therapists to become evidence-based work rehabilitation practitioners. Work: A journal of prevention, assessment and rehabilitation, 37(2): 119- doi:10.3233/wor-2010-1063

Research interests

  • Knowledge translation
  • Continuous health services quality improvement and practice change
  • Continuing professional development
  • Reflective practice
  • Health Sciences Education