Fiona Webster, PhD

Education Scientist/Assistant Professor
SGS Associate Member
Department of Family and Community Medicine

500 University Avenue, 5th floor
Toronto, Ontario M5G 1V7
Telephone: 416-946-7553


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Other Appointments

Department of Surgery, University of Toronto

Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (HPME), University of Toronto

Institute of Medical Science (IMS)


Dr. Fiona Webster is an Assistant Professor and Education Scientist in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto, a fellow of the Centre for Critical Qualitative Health Research (CQ) and a cross-appointed scientist with the Wilson Centre. She also holds cross-appointments with the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Institute of Medical Sciences and the Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation. She currently teaches 2 graduate courses in qualitative research methodologies and methods. She is a member of BRIDGES and leads their Qualitative Research Committee. Her formal training is in sociology and specifically institutional ethnography. Her research interests are in the social organization of care delivery, standpoint theory, and the clinical and policy management of osteoarthritis pain that is grounded in the patient experience. In January 2014, Dr. Webster was nominated by her students for a Faculty of Medicine Graduate Teaching Award in the “Early Career Excellence” category.



Fiona is currently teaching HAD 5740H ("Intermediate Level Qualitative Research for Health Services and Policy Research") at the Institute for Health Policy Management and Evaluation (IHPME).

“Thank you [Fiona Webster] for being so kind in encouraging me and the other students to open our minds - even if it led me much farther astray (in a good way, I think) than the department, or maybe even you yourself, ever intended - and thank you for being a sympathetic reader of my confused attempts at defining myself as a writer. The real value of the course was [in] finding voice and defining my interests.”

Sample Publications

Webster F., Bremner S., McCartney C.J. Patient experiences as knowledge for the evidence base: understanding the importance of lay understandings to clinical decision-making. Regional Anesthesia and Pain, 2011 Aug 17.

Webster F., Rice K., Jenkinson R., Zwarenstein M., Kreder H. Self blame and fears among peri-operative hip fracture patients. International Journal of Person Centered Medicine, In press.

Webster F., Saposnik G., Kapral M., Fung J., O’Callaghan C., Hachinski V. Assessing the impact of secondary prevention clinics in Ontario. Stroke, In press.

Petroz U., Kennedy D., Webster F., Nowak A. Patients’ perceptions of patient-centered care: how to measure and use patient feedback for quality improvement in Can J Nurs Res, accepted April 2011.

Nousiainen M.T., Latter D.A., Backstein D., Webster F. and Harris K. Surgical Fellowship Training in Canada: Where are we at and is improvement required? Cdn J of Surgery, accepted March 2011.

Gagliardi A.R., Legare F., Brouwers M.C., Webster F., Wiljer D., Badley E., Straus S. Protocol: developing a conceptual framework of patient mediated knowledge translation, systematic review using a realist approach. Implement Sci, 2011 Mar 22;6(1):25.  

Sibley Kathryn May, Straus Sharon, Webster F., Jaglal Susan B. Moving balance and mobility evidence into action: A primer in Knowledge Translation. Gait Posture, 2011 Apr;33(4):527-31.