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Paul Stolee

Associate Professor

​Cross appointment with the School of Optometry, University of Waterloo


B.A.(Hon.), Political Science (University of Alberta)

M.P.A., Public Administration (Queen’s University)

M.Sc., Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics (McMaster University)

Ph.D., Health Studies (University of Waterloo)

Contact information

Office: LHN 3729

Phone: (519) 888-4567 ext. 35879

Fax: (519) 888-4362

InfoRehab Website:

Geriatric Health Systems Group Website:

Paul Stolee


Teaching interests

My teaching interests include geriatric care, program evaluation, qualitative and quantitative methodologies, health informatics, health outcome measurement, health program planning, health policy, and rehabilitation.

Research interests

My research interests include geriatrics, rehabilitation, long-term care, home care, health information systems and databases, health outcome measurement, and the integration and use of knowledge and information in practice. My current major research focus is on better use of information systems in the rehabilitation of older persons (the InfoRehab research program). This includes investigation of the information needs of rehabilitation patients and clinicians, and exploration of the potential application of data mining techniques and other advanced statistical methods to support better decision-making in rehabilitation practice and policy-making. I have been involved in many evaluations of initiatives aimed at improving the quality of care and quality of life of older persons. I am interested in the role of knowledge networks and since 2005, have been involved in the ongoing evaluation of the Seniors Health Research Transfer Network in Ontario.

Current and recent research projects

  • Emerging team grant in enhancing MSK rehabilitation through better use of health information. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (PI).
  • Enhancing home care rehabilitation through better use of health information. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (PI).
  • Enhancing Dementia Care with Improved Family Physician Training and Comprehensive Practice Tools (Co-I).
  • Building Capacity in Community Care by Leveraging the Value of Information Exchange (PI).
  • InfoLinCS: Informed and Linked Care for Seniors (PI).
  • Knowledge to Action Processes in SHRTN Collaborative Communities of Practice (Co-PI).
  • A network for translation of research in Alzheimer disease and Dementia (Co-I).

Current major funding sources

Selected recent publications

  • Stolee P, Poss J, Cook RJ, *Byrne K, Hirdes JP. Risk factors for hip fracture in older home care clients. Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences. 2009;64A, 403-410.
  • Stolee P, McAiney CA, Hillier LM, Harris D, Hamilton P, Kessler L, Madsen V, Le Clair JK. Sustained transfer of knowledge to practice in long-term care: Facilitators and barriers of a mental health learning initiative. Gerontology and Geriatrics Education. 30, 1-20, 2009.
  • Zhu M, *Zhang Z, Hirdes JP, Stolee P. Using machine learning algorithms to guide rehabilitation planning for home care clients. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making. 7(1): 41, 2007.
  • Zhu M, *Chen W, Hirdes JP, Stolee P. The K-Nearest Neighbors algorithm predicts rehabilitation potential better than current Clinical Assessment Protocol. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. 60: 1015-1021,2007.
  • Stolee P, Awad M, Byrne K, *DeForge R, Clements S, *Glenny C and the Day Hospital. A multi-site study of the feasibility and clinical utility of Goal Attainment Scaling in geriatric day hospitals. Disability and Rehabilitation. 10.3109/09638288.2012.660600. (e-pub)\
  • Sims-Gould J, Byrne K, Hicks E, Khan K, Stolee P and the InfoRehab Team. Examining “success” in post-hip fracture care transitions: A strengths based approach. The Journal of Interprofessional Care. 10.3109/13561820.2011.645090
  • *Manderson B, *McMurray J, *Piraino E, Stolee P. Navigation roles to support chronically ill older adults through healthcare transitions: a systematic review of the literature. Health and Social Care in the Community. 10.1111/j.1365-2524.2011.01032.x
  • *McLeod J, *McMurray J, Walker J, Heckman G, Stolee P. Care transitions for older patients with musculoskeletal disorders: continuity from the providers’ perspective.  International Journal of Integrated Care. (Corresponding author). Volume 11. April 18, 2011.
  • Stolee P, Hillier L.M, Cook S, Rockwood K. Cause, care, cure: Research priorities for Alzheimer disease related dementias. Canadian Journal on Aging. 2011. doi:10.1017/S0714980811000523
  • Conklin J, Kothari A, Stolee P, Chambers L, Forbes D, Le Clair K.  Knowledge-to-action processes in SHRTN collaborative communities of practice: A study protocol. Implementation Science. 6:12, 2011.
  • Stolee P, *Lim S, *Wilson L, and *Glenny C. Inpatient versus home-based rehabilitation for older adults with musculoskeletal disorders: A systematic review. Clinical Rehabilitation, 2011, 1-16. doi: 10.1177/0269215511423279.(e-pub)
  • Stolee P, McKillop I, McMurray J, Strong JG, Jones DA, *Hildebrand JM. “Eye-T”: Information technology adoption and use in Canada’s optometry practices. Optometry, 82: 166-74, 2011 
  • Lee L, Hillier LM, Stolee P, Heckman G, Gagnon M, McAiney, & Harvey D. Enhancing dementia care: A primary care based memory clinic.  Journal of the American Geriatrics Society Volume 58, issue 11, pages 2197-2204. 2010.
  • *Armstrong J, Stolee P, Hirdes JP, Poss JW. Examining three frailty conceptualizations in their ability to predict negative outcomes for home care clients. Age and Ageing. Volume 39, issue 6, pages 755-758. 2010.
  • *Glenny C, Stolee P, Husted J, Thompson M, Berg K. Comparison of the responsiveness of the Functional Independence Measure and the interRAI Post Acute Care assessment instrument in rehabilitation of older adults. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Volume 91, issue 7, pages 1038-1043, 2010.
  • Armstrong J, *Glenny C, Stolee P, Berg K. A comparison of two assessment systems in predicting functional outcomes of older rehabilitation patients. Age and Ageing. Volume 39, pages 394-399. 2010.
  • Stolee P, Steeves B, *Manderson B, *Toscan J, *Glenny C, Berg K. Health information use in home care: Brainstorming barriers, facilitators and recommendations. Home Health Care Services Quarterly. Volume 29, issue 1, pages 37-53. 2010.
  • *Glenny C, Stolee P. Comparing the Functional Independence Measure and the interRAI/MDS for use in the functional assessment of older adults: A review of the literature. BMC Geriatrics. Volume 9. 2009.  (Corresponding author).

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Other affiliations

  • Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging
  • Aging and Health Research Centre, Western University
University of Waterloo

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