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Photo of Charlene ChuCharlene Chu (RN, GNC(c))

Post-doctoral Fellow

Toronto Rehabilitation Institute

(416) 597-3422 x 40992

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Research Methods Expertise

  • Clinical trials
  • Clinical measurement
  • Evaluation of feasibility
  • Evaluation of acceptability
  • Evaluation of efficacy
  • Evaluation of effectiveness
  • Intervention design
  • Qualitative research methodology
  • Systematic reviews
  • Integrative reviews

Research Interest

  • Clinical Intervention design to prevent physical decline in older adults with cognitive impairment, specifically outcomes related to Mobility and ADL function
  • Designing user-centered Technology to prevent physical and functional decline
  • Designing user-centered technology for clinicians to support best practice eg: electronic medical records
  • Person-centered care and designing person-centred interventions
  • Clinical practice and Nursing
  • Global health eg medical service trips


Charlene is completing her post-doctorate training with Dr. Mihailidis and Dr. Wang at TRI. She will be conducting a multi-site RCT to determine the effectiveness of a novel artificially intelligent rehabilitation robot with stroke survivors who have an affected upper limb. Prior to her work at TRI, Charlene received her PhD from the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing (LSBFON) at the University of Toronto and the Institute of Aging at the University of Toronto. Charlene's doctoral work examined the feasibility and effectiveness of an intervention delivering walking using a person-centered care approach to maintain the mobility of nursing home residents with dementia. As a RN for over 10 years, Charlene's clinical background complements her expertise in the design and testing of clinical interventions for older adults with cognitive impairment. She has also worked as a nursing consultant for the largest long-term care home provider in Canada on practice evaluation policies that would influence hundreds of homes across the country.

Her research interests include designing interventions, person-centered care, generating evidence based practice, nurse sensitive outcomes, feasibility, acceptability and effectiveness of interventions, and process outcomes of care for the older adult. She also has an interest in global health clinical practice, specifically the clinical guidelines related to guiding practice for visiting clinicians, ethical implications, and electronic medical records related to short-term medical missions.

Most Recent Publications

Chu, C.H. , Sorin-Peters, R., Sidani, S. & McGilton, K.S. (Jan 2017). An Interprofessional Communication Education Program to Improve Nursesí Attitudes and Knowledge. Rehabilitation Nursing Journal. IN- PRESS

Dainton C, Chu C.H. (Feb 2017) A review of electronic medical record keeping on mobile medical service trips in austere settings. Int J Med Inform. 2017 Feb;98:33-40. doi: 10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2016.11.008. Review.

Dainton, C., Chu, C.H., Lin, H., Loh, L. (Aug 26. 2016). A Protocol to Develop Practice Guidelines for Primary Care Medical Service Trips. Annals of Global Health.

McGilton, K.S., Bowers, B.C., Mueller, C.A., Anderson, R.A., Corazzini, K.N., Boscart, V.M., Ploeg, J., Chu, C.H. , et al., (Feb. 2016). Recommendations from the International Consortium on Professional Nursing Practice in Long Term Care Homes. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 17(2), 99-103. DOI:

Dainton, C., Chu, C.H., Lin, H., Loh, L. (Apr. 2016). Clinical Guidelines for Western Clinicians engaged in primary healthcare medical service trips (MSTs) in Latin America: an integrative review. Tropical Medicine and International Health, 21(4), 470-8. DOI: 10.1111/tmi.12675

Dainton, C., Chu, C.H., (Mar 4. 2016). Mobile EMR use for epidemiological surveillance on a medical service trip in Honduras: a pilot study. E-Health Telecommunication Systems and Networks, 4, 1-5. DOI: 10.4236/etsn.2016.51001