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Back pain, whiplash injuries and arthritis are common conditions responsible for nearly half of all disabilities experienced in Canada. They are also the main reason so many individuals miss work and consequently have a highly negative impact on productivity. Musculoskeletal conditions are responsible for 46.1 per cent of disabilities experienced in Canada, yet little research has been done to better understand why the initial symptoms turn into long-term disabilities. As Canada Research Chair in Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation, Pierre Côté, PhD, is dedicated to understanding why individuals develop disabilities, how those disabilities can be prevented, and how individuals can be rehabilitated. Listed three times among the 100 Most Influential Publications in Cervical Spine Research, his work focuses on developing and testing evidence-based interventions that address the physical, psychosocial and societal issues associated with pain and disability. The economic impact of treating these types of musculoskeletal disabilities is enormous. According to a 2010 report from the Canadian Orthopaedic Care Strategy Group, the number of Canadians with musculoskeletal diseases is predicted to increase with the aging baby boomer population, from 11 million in 2007 to 15 million in 2031. Factor in a recent Statics Canada estimate that $1.2 trillion will be needed to fund the health-care needs of boomers over the next 25 years. Managing these types of disabilities has a substantial economic impact, both currently and well into the future. Dr. Côté and his research team are taking a holistic approach to identifying key factors that lead to disability. By designing appropriate treatments and rehabilitation approaches, they believe they can make significant inroads into reducing the burden of disabilities related to musculoskeletal pain.

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Named One of the World's Most Influential Cervical Spine Researchers

November 17, 2015

In a historical and comprehensive study by Switzerland's University of Bern, three of Dr. Côté's research papers are listed among the 100 Most Influential Publications in Cervical Spine Research globally. The Swiss study of the 100 most-cited papers on cervical spine research over the last 100 years named publications authored or co-authored by Dr. Côté at numbers 9, 16 and 48 on the list.

University of Toronto

PhD - Epidemiology and Collaborative Program in Bioethics

University of Saskatchewan

MSc - Orthopaedic Surgery (Epidemiology)

Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College

FCCS - Chiropractic Clinical Sciences

Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College

DC - Chiropractic
  • Development of a Minor Injury Treatment Protocol

    $2800000  | December 31, 1969

    Awarded by: Ontario Ministry of Finance - Financial Services Commission of Ontario
    Ontario Ministry of Finance - Financial Services Commission of Ontario OSS_00267175. Côté P (PI). Development of a Minor Injury Treatment Protocol; 2012-2014


  • Media appearances

    University’s researcher shapes new auto insurance legislation
    UOIT News online

    January 18, 2017

    It’s no secret that the Province of Ontario has a major public policy issue to solve when it comes to automobile insurance. Ontario’s 10 million drivers pay the highest premiums in the country, often significantly more than in other provinces (for example, in 2013-2014, average premiums in Ontario were double those of Quebec).

    UOIT researcher Dr. Pierre Côté proposes new approach to common traffic injury management
    UOIT online

    August 5, 2015

    As lead investigator and Chair of the Ontario Protocol for Traffic Injury Management (OPTIMa) Collaboration, Dr. Pierre Côté has released the research findings of a two-year study in the 279-page report Enabling Recovery from Common Traffic Injuries: A Focus on the Injured Person. The new report uses scientific evidence to define a common injury versus one that is catastrophic. The new evidence-based Minor Injury Treatment Protocol (MITP) provides the scientific basis to develop a new Minor Injury Guideline. The protocol will be used by insurers and health-care providers when treating common injuries resulting from automobile collisions and ensure there is an extensive continuum of care based on current and scientific and medical evidence.

    Is exercise effective for the management of neck pain and associated disorders or whiplash-associated disorders?
    The Spine Journal online

    February 18, 2014

    Keywords: Whiplash-associated disorders, Neck pain, Exercise, Systematic review, Treatment, Rehabilitation

    No clear winner for neck pain treatment: study
    Reuters  online

    March 6, 2014

    (Reuters Health) - Exercise and strengthening may not be the best approach for all kinds of neck- and whiplash-related pain, according to a new analysis by Canadian researchers.

    Are work disability prevention interventions effective for the management of neck pain or upper extremity disorders?
    Springer online

    February 13, 2014

    We conducted a systematic review to critically appraise and synthesize literature on the effectiveness of work disability prevention (WDP) interventions in workers with neck pain, whiplash-associated disorders (WAD), or upper extremity disorders

    The course and prognostic factors of symptomatic cervical disc herniation with radiculopathy: a systematic review of the literature online

    March 12, 2014

    Keywords: Cervical disc herniation; Cervical radiculopathy; Course; Epidemiology; Prognosis; Systematic review

    Does structured patient education improve the recovery and clinical outcomes of patients with neck pain? online

    April 4, 2014

    Keywords: Neck pain and associated disorders; Outcome; Patient education; Recovery; Systematic review; Whiplash-associated disorders

    Are prevalent self-reported cardiovascular disorders associated with delayed recovery from whiplash-associated disorders: A population-based cohort study
    The Clinical Journal of Pain online

    May 7, 2014

    The aim of this cohort study was to investigate the association between self-reported cardiovascular disorders (CVD) and recovery from whiplash associated disorder (WAD) after a traffic collision.

    Clinical practice guidelines for the management of conditions related to traffic collisions online

    June 25, 2014

    Evaluation of the methodological quality and synthesis of recommendations of evidence-based guidelines for the management of common traffic injuries

    Relieve Neck Pain with Home Exercise, Yoga and Qigong
    Bottom Line's Daily Health News online

    June 23, 2014

    Explanation describing relief for varying severities of neck pain

    Is multimodal care effective for the management of patients with whiplash-associated disorders or neck pain and associated disorders? online

    July 8, 2014

    An update on the findings from the Bone and Joint Decade 2000-2010 Task Force on Neck Pain and Its Associated Disorders and evaluate the effectiveness of multimodal care for the management of patients with WAD and NAD

  • Past speaking engagements
    • Eurospine Conference

      Dublin, Ireland
      February 24, 2014

      Eurospine Conference

    • National Model of Care for Low Back Pain Session

      Toronto, Canada
      March 28, 2014

      National Model of Care for Low Back Pain Session

    • Eurospine Task Force on Research

      Geneva Switzerland
      May 1, 2014

      Eurospine Task Force on Research

    • World Health Assembly

      Geneva, Switzerland
      May 19, 2014

      World Health Organization

    • 4th Annual Strategic Research Retreat

      Oshawa, Ontario
      May 8, 2014

      UOIT - Faculty of Health Sciences

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