Debbie Feldman, Ph. D.

Full Professor

Contact details (Research)
Institut de recherche en santé publique de l’Université de Montréal (IRSPUM)
Pavillon 7101 avenue du Parc
Montréal (Québec)  H3N 1X9

Contact details (School of Rehabilitation)
T 514 343-6111, # 1252


Research background (french)


  • B.Sc. Physiotherapy, McGill University (1978)
  • M.Sc. Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McGill (1984)
  • Ph.D. Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McGill (1998)
  • Postdoctoral, GRIS, Health Services, Université de Montréal (1998-2000)

Current reserach projects

  • Optimal care for persons with musculoskeletal chronic pain
  • Referrals to medical specialist rheumatologist by physiotherapists
  • Hip arthroplasty indicators according to patients, physicians, and physiotherapists

Selected publications

  • El-Khoury, J., Orozco, T., Bernatsky, S., Desmeules, F., Perreault, K., Woodhouse, L. J., & Ehrmann Feldman, D. (2020). Do Quebec Physiotherapists Follow Evidence-Based Guidelines for Treating Knee Osteoarthritis? Physiotherapy Canada. Advance online publication.
  • Ehrmann Feldman, D., Carlesso, L. C., & Nahin, R. L. (2019). Management of patients with a musculoskeletal pain condition that is likely chronic: Results from a national cross sectional survey. The journal of Pain. Advance online publication.
  • Ehrmann Feldman, D., Bernatsky, S., Orozco, T., El-Khoury, J., Desmeules, F., Laliberté, M., Perreault, K., Grad, R., Zummer, M., & Woodhouse, L. (2019). Physical therapists’ ability to distinguish between inflammatory and noninflammatory arthritis and to appropriately refer to rheumatology. Arthritis Care & Research. Advance online publication.
  • Ehrmann Feldman, D., Vinet, E., Sylvestre, M. P., Hazel, B., Duffy, C., Berard, A., . . . Bernatsky, S. (2017). Postpartum complications in new mothers with juvenile idiopathic arthritis: a population-based cohort study. Rheumatology (Oxford), 56(8), 1378-1385. doi:10.1093/rheumatology/kex168
  • Laliberte, M., Mazer, B., Orozco, T., Chilingaryan, G., Williams-Jones, B., Hunt, M., & Ehrmann Feldman, D. (2017). Low Back Pain: Investigation of Biases in Outpatient Canadian Physical Therapy. Physical Therapy, 97(10), 985-997. doi:10.1093/ptj/pzx055
  • Orozco, T., Ehrmann Feldman, D., Mazer, B., Chilingaryan, G., Hunt, M., Williams-Jones, B., & Laliberte, M. (2017). Low Back Pain: Current Patterns of Canadian Physiotherapy Service Delivery. Physiotherapy Canada, 69(1), 49-56. doi:10.3138/ptc.2015-72
  • Fortin, C., Grunstein, E., Labelle, H., Parent, S., & Ehrmann Feldman, D. (2016). Trunk imbalance in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. The Spine Journal, 16(6), 687-693. doi:10.1016/j.spinee.2016.02.033
  • Raymond, M. H., Demers, L., & Ehrmann Feldman, D. (2016). Waiting list management practices for home-care occupational therapy in the province of Quebec, Canada. Health & Social Care in the Community, 24(2), 154-164. doi:10.1111/hsc.12195
  • Cavallo, S., Majnemer, A., Duffy, C. M., & Ehrmann Feldman, D. (2015). Participation in Leisure Activities by Children and Adolescents with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. Journal of Rheumatology, 42(9), 1708-1715. doi:10.3899/jrheum.140844
  • Hudon, A., Laliberte, M., Hunt, M., & Ehrmann Feldman, D. (2015). Quality of physiotherapy services for injured workers compensated by workers’ compensation in Quebec: a focus group study of physiotherapy professionals. Healthcare Policy, 10(3), 32-47.
  • Ehrmann Feldman, D., Bernatsky, S., Levesque, J. F., Van, M. T., Houde, M., & April, K. T. (2010). Access and perceived need for physical and occupational therapy in chronic arthritis. Disability and Rehabilitation, 32(22), 1827-1832. doi:10.3109/09638281003734417

Research interests

  • Access to health services
  • Rheumatology
  • Epidemiology in rehabilitation
  • Physiotherapy for workers with musculoskeletal injuries