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Dr. Sherry Grace - University Health Network. Toronto, ON, CA

Dr. Sherry Grace

Senior Scientist | University Health Network

Toronto, ON, CANADA

Professor Sherry Grace’s research interests lie in the areas of cardiac rehabilitation delivery and use, as well as cardiac psychology.

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Prof. Sherry L. Grace holds her primary appointment as Full Professor in the Faculty of Health at York University. She is also Director of Research at the Cardiovascular Rehabilitation & Prevention Program – GoodLife Fitness Unit of the University Health Network.

Her research interests center on cardiovascular rehabilitation access and care. She has published over 150 peer-reviewed papers. She was recognized with a Canadian Association of Cardiac Rehabilitation Leadership award for her work in Knowledge Translation in 2012.

Dr. Grace led the development of the pan-Canadian quality indicators for cardiac rehabilitation and secondary prevention. She has also been instrumental in the development of the International Council on Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation, serving on the Executive Board.

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Areas of Expertise (6)

Healthcare Public Health Higher Education Clinical Research Heart Disease Behavioural Cardiology

Education (3)

University of Windsor: Ph.D., Psychology

Lakehead University: M.A., Psychology

University of Waterloo: B.A., Psychology

Affiliations (1)

  • Toronto General Research Institute (TGRI) : Affiliate Scientist

Languages (2)

  • French
  • English

Media Appearances (5)

International experts publish guidelines for cardiac rehab in developing countries

ScienceDaily  

2016-05-16

"All heart patients should be referred to cardiac rehab," says York U Professor Sherry Grace. "We see in countries like India and China, young cardiac patients die at incredible rates. This is because so few programs are set up in these developing countries."...

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Fewer women than men finish rehab after heart attack, study finds

Vancouver Sun  

2016-04-26

The main report published online Wednesday is an analysis of 14 existing studies on rehabilitation rates among 8,176 cardiac patients, 2,234 of whom were female. Sherry Grace, lead author from Toronto’s University Health Network, found that about two-thirds of all participants followed up with a four-month program of exercise and counselling, although fewer women did so...

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New study first to examine quality of cardiac rehabilitation programs in Canada

ScienceDaily  

2014-08-19

"We are the first to comprehensively assess cardiac rehabilitation quality -- what we are doing well and where we should do better -- to this degree across the country," says Dr. Sherry Grace, study author, Director of Research, GoodLife Fitness Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Unit, University Health Network, and York Kinesiology & Health Science Professor. "Being able to rigorously evaluate and compare across cardiac rehabilitation programs nationally means gaps can be addressed and changes made, to ultimately benefit patients who have heart disease," she says...

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Lack Of Rehab Facilities Hurt Cardiac Patients

University Herald  

2014-07-15

"Cardiac rehabilitation is a cost-effective program offering heart patients exercise, education and risk reduction," Sherry Grace, researcher and professor, said in a statement.

However, Grace said that despite these benefits cardiac rehabilitation is vastly underused, and insufficiently implemented, with only 39 percent of countries providing any.

Heart disease has become an epidemic in low-income and middle-income countries, and cardiac rehab can reduce the socio-economic impact of the disease by promoting return to work and reducing premature mortality, Grace, who is also the director of research at the GoodLife Fitness Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Unit at the University Health Network, said in a statement...

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Send more patients for cardiac rehab, doctors urged

The Globe and Mail  

2011-02-14

“Physician referral failure is a big reason people don’t get there,” said Sherry Grace, director of research for the cardiovascular rehabilitation and prevention program at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre of the University Health Network in Toronto...

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Articles (6)

Global availability of cardiac rehabilitation Nature Reviews: Cardiology, 11(10): 586-596.

2014

Turk-Adawi, K., Sarrafzadegan, N., & Grace, S.L.

International charter on cardiovascular prevention and rehabilitation: A call for action JCRP, 33(2):128-31

2013

Grace, S.L., Warburton, D.E.R., Stone, J.A., Sanderson, B., Oldridge, N., Jones, J., Wong, N., & Buckley, J.P.

Primary care provider receipt of cardiac rehabilitation discharge summaries: Are they getting what they want to promote long-term risk reduction? Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality & Outcomes, 6:83-89.

2013

Polyzotis, P.*, Suskin, N., Unsworth, K., Reid, R., Jamnik, V., Parsons, C., & Grace, S.L.

Gender and sex differences in the prevalence of major depression in coronary artery disease patients: A meta-analysis Maturitas, 73(4):305-311.

2012

Shanmugasegaram, S.*, Russell, K., Kovacs, A., Stewart, D.E., & Grace, S.L.

Effect of cardiac rehabilitation referral strategies on utilization rates: A prospective, controlled study Archives of Internal Medicine

2011

Grace, S.L., Russell, K.*, Reid, R., Oh, P., Anand, S., Rush, J., Williamson, K., Gupta, M., Alter, D.A., & Stewart D.E.

Contribution of patient and physician factors to cardiac rehabilitation enrollment: a prospective multilevel study European Journal of Preventive Cardiology

2008

Cardiac rehabilitation (CR) is an established means of reducing mortality, yet is grossly underutilized. This is due to both health system and patient-level factors; issues that have yet to be investigated concurrently. This study utilized a hierarchical design to examine physician and patient-level factors affecting verified CR enrollment...

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