Senior Research Scientist, Clinical Epidemiology
Harold Robinson Chair / Arthritis Society Chair in Arthritic Diseases

BSc(PT), MSc, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy
University of British Columbia

Dr. Linda Li is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, University of British Columbia. In 2006, she was the first rehabilitation professional appointed as Harold Robinson / Arthritis Society Chair in Arthritic Diseases.

She completed her Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy at McGill University and Master’s of Science at the University of Western Ontario. She earned a Doctorate in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Toronto in 2004. Two years later, she completed a CIHR-funded Post-doctoral Fellowship in knowledge translation at the Ottawa Health Research Institute.

Dr. Li’s research and academic activities focus in two areas: models of care in the management of arthritis, and the development and evaluation of knowledge translation strategies. Her research centres on assessing health service delivery models, and understanding and facilitating the use of evidence by health professionals and patients. Areas of methodological expertise include clinical epidemiology, knowledge translation, clinical trials, and survey design.

As the lead investigator of a randomized controlled trial on the effectiveness of Primary Therapist Model, Dr. Li examined the value of extended roles of physiotherapists and occupational therapists in the management of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The results showed that patients with RA can achieve better clinical outcomes after treatment from a rheumatology-trained primary therapist as compared to a physical therapy and/or occupational therapy generalist. Her research has challenged the thinking around traditional roles of rehabilitation therapists and the discipline-specific model in arthritis care.


  1. Li LC, Koehn C, Lehman A. “People with arthritis and their families in rehabilitation, care and research”. Current Opinion in Rheumatology. 19:174-178, 2007.
  2. Li LC, Bombardier C. Setting priorities in arthritis care: Care III conference. Journal of Rheumatology. 33(9):1891-1894, 2006.
  3. Vliet Vlieland TM, Li LC, MacKay C, Badley EM. Does everybody need a team? Journal of Rheumatology. 33(9):1897-1899, 2006.
  4. Vliet Vlieland TM, Li LC, MacKay C, Bombardier C, Badley EM. Current topics on models of care in the management of inflammatory arthritis. Journal of Rheumatology. 33(9):1900-1903, 2006.
  5. Li LC, Maetzel A, Davis AM, Lineker S, Bombardier C, Coyte PC.  Primary therapist model for patients referred for rheumatoid arthritis rehabilitation: a cost effectiveness analysis. Arthritis and Rheumatism. 55(3):402-410, 2006.
  6. Li LC, Davis AM, Lineker S, Coyte PC, Bombardier C. The outcome of patients with rheumatoid arthritis who were referred to received treatment from a primary therapist – A randomized controlled trial. Arthritis and Rheumatism. 55(1):42-52, 2006.
  7. Li LC, Iversen MD. Outcomes of patients with rheumatoid arthritis receiving rehabilitation. Current Opinion in Rheumatology. 17(2):172-176, 2005.
  8. Li LC, Maetzel A, Pencharz J, Maguire L, Bombardier C, the CHAP Team. The use of mainstream non-pharmacologic treatment by patients with arthritis. Arthritis and Rheumatism. 51(2):203-209, 2004.
  9. Maetzel A, Li LC, Pencharz J, Tomlinson G, Bombardier C. The Economic Burden Associated with Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Hypertension: a Comparative Study. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. 63(4):395-401,2004
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