Diana Zidarov, Ph.D.

Adjunct professor

Contact details (Research)

Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire en réadaptation du Montréal métropolitain (CRIR)
Institut universitaire sur la réadaptation en déficience physique de Montréal (IURDPM) du Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux du Centre-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal
6363, chemin Hudson
Montréal (Québec) H3S 1M9
T 514 340-2085 # 4711

Contact details (School of Rehabilitation)



  • B.Sc. Physiotherapy, University of Montreal (1995)
  • M.Sc. Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Montreal (2008)
  • Ph.D. Public Health, University of Montreal (2015)
  • Fellowship, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, McGill University (2019)

Current research projects

  • Implementation of an early mobilization program for vulnerable older patients in a hospital setting
  • Implementation of outcome measures to promote patient-centered care for persons with upper limb amputation
  • Development and implementation of a mobility circuit to promote mobility and communication of people with stroke
  • Development and implementation of a registry for individuals with lower limb osseointegration
  • Development and implementation of a clinical information system to guide clinical decision-making in rehabilitation for individuals with spinal cord injury
  • Development and validation of performance indicators for an integrated network for the prevention and management of chronic pain
  • Implementation of outcome measures in an electronic medical record for better clinical management of people with chronic pain

Selected publicationses

  • Zidarov, D., Visca, R., & Ahmed, S. (2019). Type of clinical outcomes used by healthcare professionals to evaluate health-related quality of life domains to inform clinical decision making for chronic pain management. Quality of life research: an international journal of quality of life aspects of treatment, care and rehabilitation. doi:10.1007/s11136-019-02215-8
  • Moreno, A., Zidarov, D., Raju, C., Boruff, J., & Ahmed, S. (2017). Integrating the perspectives of individuals with spinal cord injuries, their family caregivers and healthcare professionals from the time of rehabilitation admission to community reintegration: protocol for a scoping study on SCI needs. BMJ Open, 7(8), e014331. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2016-014331
  • Kairy, D., Messier, F., Zidarov, D., Ahmed, S., Poissant, L., Rushton, P. W., . . . Lavoie, V. (2017). Evaluating the implementation process of a new telerehabilitation modality in three rehabilitation settings using the normalization process theory: study protocol. International Journal of Healthcare Management, 1-8. doi:10.1080/20479700.2017.1314119
  • Zidarov, D., Poissant, L., & Sicotte, C. (2017). Use of comparative performance indicators in rehabilitation. Health Care Management Review, 42(2), 142-150. doi:10.1097/hmr.0000000000000099
  • Zidarov, D., Sicotte, C., Menon, A., Hallé, M. C., & Poissant, L. (2016). Factors influencing use of a performance measurement system in a rehabilitation hospital. Journal of Hospital Administration5(5), 79.
  • Zidarov, D., Visca, R., Gogovor, A., & Ahmed, S. (2016). Performance and quality indicators for the management of non-cancer chronic pain: a scoping review protocol. BMJ Open, 6(2), e010487. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2015-010487
  • Zidarov, D., Poissant, L., & Sicotte, C. (2014). Healthcare executives’ readiness for a performance measurement system: a rehabilitation hospital case study. Journal of Hospital Administration3(4), 157-172.
  • Zidarov, D., & Poissant, L. (2014). Exploring Factors in the Systematic Use of Outcome Measures: A Multi-Disciplinary Rehabilitation Team Perspective. Open Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 2(2), 86-96.
  • Zidarov, D., Thomas, A., & Poissant, L. (2013). Knowledge translation in physical therapy: from theory to practice. Disability and Rehabilitation, 35(18), 1571-1577. doi:10.3109/09638288.2012.748841
  • Zidarov, D., Swaine, B., & Gauthier-Gagnon, C. (2009). Life habits and prosthetic profile of persons with lower-limb amputation during rehabilitation and at 3-month follow-up. Archives of Physical Medecine and Rehabilitation, 90(11), 1953-1959. doi:10.1016/j.apmr.2009.06.011
  • Zidarov, D., Swaine, B., & Gauthier-Gagnon, C. (2009). Quality of life of persons with lower-limb amputation during rehabilitation and at 3-month follow-up. Archives of Physical Medecine and Rehabilitation, 90(4), 634-645. doi:10.1016/j.apmr.2008.11.003

Research interests

  • Knowledge translation
  • Program and health interventions evaluation
  • Implementation of best practices and health care innovations
  • Quality of rehabilitation services
  • Participatory, qualitative and mixed methods approaches