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Diana Sherifali


- joined the School of Nursing in 2009

- Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Diabetes Care and Research Program, Hamilton Health Sciences

- Co-Director, McMaster Evidence Review and Synthesis Centre

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  • Navodia N, Wahoush O, Tang T, Yost J, Ibrahim S, Sherifali D (2019).  Culturally Tailored Self-Management Interventions for South Asians With Type 2 Diabetes: A Systematic Review.  to Canadian Journal of Diabetes. DOI:
  • Sherifali D, Brozic A, Agema P, Gerstein H, Punthakee Z, McInnes N, O’Reilly D, Ibrahim S, Ali MU. (2019). The Diabetes Health Coaching Randomized Controlled Trial:  Rationale, Design and Baseline Characteristics. Canadian Journal of Diabetes. DOI:
  • Sherifali D.  Diabetes and Frailty:  Revisiting the Converging Conditions.  Canadian Journal of Diabetes. 2019; 43(2); 81.
  • Ploeg J, Ali M U, Markle-Reid M, Valaitis R, Bartholomew A, Fitzpatrick-Lewis D, McAiney C, Sherifali D. (2018). Caregiver-focused, web-based interventions: systematic review and meta-analysis (Part 2): Journal of Medical Internet Research, 20(10): e11247. doi: 10.2196/11247
  • Tobe S, Stone J, Anderson T Cheng A, Gregoire J, Pearson G, Gubitz G, Lindsay P, L’Abbe M, Whartan S, Lau D, Lieter L, Bacon S, Rabi D, Selby P, Sherifali D, Tremblay M, Ward R, Jain R, Hua D, Liu P, Karim D, Tu J, Walter K.  (2018) Canadian Cardiovascular Harmonized National Guidelines Endeavour (C-CHANGE): 2018 update.  Canadian Medical Association Journal (2018); 190(40) E1192-E1206.
  • Ali MU, Fitzpatrick-Lewis D, Kenny M, Raina P, Soar J, Atkins D, Nolan J, Ristagno G, Sherifali D. Effectiveness of antiarrhythmic drugs for shockable cardiac arrest: A systematic review.  Resuscitation. (2018);132:
  • Ali MU, Fitzpatrick-Lewis D, Kenny M, Miller J, Raina P, Sherifali D. Comparison between the Short Term and Long Term effectiveness of one-time Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms Screening in men with ultrasound: A systematic review. Journal of Vascular Surgery. (2018); 68(2):612-623. doi: 10.1016/j.jvs.2018.03.411.
  • Sherifali D, Ali MU, Ploeg J, Markle-Reid M, Valaitis R, Bartholomew A, Fitzpatrick Lewis D.  Impact of internet-based interventions on caregivers’ mental health: meta-analysis. Journal of Medical Internet Research. 2018; 20:7: e10668. 
  • Sherifali D, Berard L, Guicciardi E, MacDonald B, MacNeill G.  Diabetes Canada 2018 Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Prevention and Management of Diabetes in Canada: Self-Management Education and Support. Can J Diabetes. 2018;42(Suppl 1): S36-S41.
  • Sherifali D, Rabi D, Houlden R.  Diabetes Canada 2018 Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Prevention and Management of Diabetes in Canada: Methods. Can J Diabetes. 2018;42(Suppl 1): S6-S9.
  • Clement M, Filteau P, Harvey B, Jin S, Laubscher T, Mukerji G, Sherifali D. Diabetes Canada 2018 Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Prevention and Management of Diabetes in Canada: Organization of Diabetes Care. Can J Diabetes. 2018;42(Suppl 1): S27-S35).
  • Meneilly GS, Knip A, Miller DB, Sherifali D, Tessier D, Zahedi A.  Diabetes Canada 2018 Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Prevention and Management of Diabetes in Canada: Diabetes in Older People. Can J Diabetes. 2018;42(Suppl 1): S283-S295.
  • Akl EA, Meerpohl JJ, Elliott J, Kahale LA, Schünemann HJ; Living Systematic Review Network (Sherifali D). Living systematic reviews: 4. Living guideline recommendations. J Clin Epidemiol. 2017 Nov;91:47-53. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2017.08.009. Epub 2017 Sep 11. Review.
  • Simmonds M, Salanti G, McKenzie J, Elliott J; Living Systematic Review Network (Sherifali D)Living systematic reviews: 3. Statistical methods for updating meta-analyses. J Clin Epidemiol. 2017 Nov;91:38-46. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2017.08.008. Epub 2017 Sep 11
  • Thomas J, Noel-Storr A, Marshall I, Wallace B, McDonald S, Mavergames C, Glasziou P, Shemilt I, Synnot A, Turner T, Elliott J; Living Systematic Review Network (Sherifali D).  Living systematic reviews: 2. Combining human and machine effort. J Clin Epidemiol. 2017 Nov;91:31-37. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2017.08.011. Epub 2017 Sep 11.
  • Elliott JH, Synnot A, Turner T, Simmonds M, Akl EA, McDonald S, Salanti G, Meerpohl J, MacLehose H, Hilton J, Tovey D, Shemilt I, Thomas J; Living Systematic Review Network (Sherifali D)Living systematic review: 1. Introduction-the why, what, when, and how. J Clin Epidemiol. 2017 Nov;91:23-30. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2017.08.010. Epub 2017 Sep 11.
  • Sherifali D, Wilson S, Nerenberg K, Adamo K. (2017). The effectiveness of eHealth technologies on weight management in pregnant and post-partum women: a systematic review and meta-analysis.  Journal of Medical Internet Research. Oct 13; 19(10):e337.
  • Ploeg J, Markle-Reid M, Valaitis R, McAiney C, Duggleby W, Bartholomew A, Sherifali D.  (2017).  Rapid Evidence Review of the Impact of Internet Interventions on Mental Health, General Caregiving Outcomes, and General Health for Informal Caregivers of Adults with Chronic Conditions Living in the Community.  Journal of Medical Internet Research. Jul 28;19(7): e263. DOI: 10.2196/jmir.7564.
  • Northwood M, Ploeg J, Markle-Reid M, Sherifali D. (2017). Integrative review of the social determinants of health in older adults with multimorbidity.  Journal of Advanced Nursing. Aug 3. DOI:  10.1111/jan.13408.
  • Usman A, Rice M, Fitzpatrick-Lewis D, Kenny M, Raina P, Sherifali D. (2017). Updating Systematic Reviews with Simplified Search StrategiesJournal of Clinical Epidemiology (in press): DOI:
  • Harbman P; Bryant-Lukosius D; Martin-Misener R; Carter N; Covell C; Donald F; Gibbins S; Kilpatrick K; McKinlay J; Rawson K; Sherifali D; Tranmer J; Valaitis R.  (2017). Partners in Research: Building Academic-Practice Partnerships to Educate and Mentor Advanced Practice Nurses.  Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. 23(2): 382-390. DOI:  10.1111/jep.12630
  • McInnes N, Smith A, Otto R, Vandermey J, Punthakee Z, Sherifali D, Balasubramanian K, Hall S, Gerstein H.  (2017). Piloting a Remission Strategy in Type 2 Diabetes: Results of a Randomised Controlled Trial.  Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.  May 1; 102(5): 1596-1605.  DOI: 10.1210/jc.2016-3373
  • Sherifali D. (2017).  Diabetes coaching for individuals with Type 2 Diabetes. A state-of-the-science review and rationale for a coaching model.  Journal of Diabetes.  February 28, 2017.  DOI: 10.111/1753-0407.12528 



2013: Hamilton Health Sciences, Research Early Career Award.  50,000/year, renewable for up to 3 years.

2008-2011: Heart and Stroke Foundation (ON), Post Doctoral Research Fellow. 50,000/year, renewed for 3 years.


  •  2019- 2021: Sherifali D, Gerstein H, Punthakee Z, McInnes N, Goyal S, Ghassemi M.  Precision technology enabled self-management support and health coaching for type 2 diabetes. Hamilton Health Sciences RFP: Digital Health. (January 2019 – December 2022). Amount awarded: $100,000/year.
  • 2019-2020:  Sherifali D (PI), Gerstein H, Goyal S, McInnes N, Punthakee Z (Collaborators). Assessing the feasibility and acceptability of diabetes technology enabled coaching (DTEC), as an intensive metabolic and education intervention for individuals with type 2 diabetes.  Population Health Research Institute, Internal Funding Program.  $49,328.
  • 2018-2019:  Goyal S, Sherifali D (Co-PIs). Brown M, Whiteside C, Lispcombe L, Bhattcharyya O, Griever M, Agarwal G, Segal R, Oh P, Barwick M, Yu C, Cafazzo J.  Integrated Digital Diabetes Self-Management and Support in Primary and Community Care:  Identifying Challenges and Opportunities. CIHR Planning Grant.  December 2018 – November 2019.  $14,900.00
  •  2019-2020:  Phillips S. Sherifali D. (Co-PIs). A systematic review and meta-analysis of the impact of dietary protein (and nutrient-rich beef protein) in the promotion of cognitive and physical function in older persons.  National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.  $35,000 (USD)
  •  2018 –2023:  Punthakee Z, Anand S, Morrison K, Warshawski T (Co-PIs); Bangdiwala S, de Souza R, Kwan M, Masse L, Scott T, Sherifali D, Teo K, Wahi G (Co-Is); Fergusson M, Macdonald J. (Collaborators). Living Green and Healthy for Teens (LiGHT) – a randomized trial evaluating behaviour change using a gamified healthy living app for youth and their families.  CIHR Project Grant.  October 2018 – September 2023. $1,240,000
  • 2018-2019:  Mangin D (PI), Agarwal G, Siu H, Thabane L, Richardson J, Savelli M, Raina P, Lee J, Jurcic-Vrataric J, Cassels A, Garrison S, Holbrook A, Sherifali D, Risdon C, Gillett J, Colwill K, Ho J, Varughese J, Trimble J, Griffith L, Frizzle K, McComarck J. Team Approach to Polypharmacy Reduction in Long-Term Care (TAPER-LTC). RCT feasibility study: integrating families’ experiences. Canadian Frailty Network; March 2018 – August 2019: $100,000 (requested); in-kind: $100,000.
  • 2016-2017: Sherifali D, Raina P.  Evidence review for 2018 Canadian Diabetes Association Clinical Practice Guidelines.  Canadian Diabetes Association.   $340,000.
  • 2014-2015: Raina P, Sherifali D.   McMaster Evidence Review and Synthesis Centre. Team Grant – bridge funding, Awarded CIHR/PHAC - $700,000.
  • 2014-2017: Evaluating the Effect of a Diabetes Health Coach in Individuals with Type 2 Diabetes.  Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Operating Grant. D. Sherifali, A. Brozic, H. Gerstein, K. Nerenberg, D. O’Reilly, E. Pullenayegum, Z. Punthakee, N. Yakubovich, C, Yu.  Awarded by IHSR (January 2014-January 2017, $357,047).  
  • 2013-2014: D. Sherifali, B. Brennan and M Oskamp. Assessing the determinants of pregestational diabetes control: A prospective cohort.  Hamilton Health Sciences, Health Professional Investigator Grant .  $19,962
  • 2013-2014: Bryant-Lukosius D, Martin Misener R, Campbell D, Carter N, Charbonneau-Smith R, Donald F, Kilpatrick K, McKinlay J, Sherifali D, Tramner J, Valaitis R.  Canadian Nurses Association.  (September 2013-September 2014, $26999.80)
  • 2013-2014: Diabetes Management and Education in Older Adults:  The development of a national network and consensus of key clinical and research priorities. Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Sherifali D, Meneilly G (Co-PIs), Clement M, Grenier A, Gerstein H, Hall P, Heckman G, Yu C. (June 2013-June 2014, $24,990).
  • 2013-2014: A. Abdul-Razzak, J. You, J. Simmon, D. Sherifali, K. Brazil (CoPIs). Physician behaviours that affect the quality of end of life communication. CIHR, Excellence Team Funding, (April 2013-April 2014, $64,378).
  • 2011-2014: Remission evaluation of metabolic interventions in Type 2 diabetes (REMIT): A randomized controlled pilot trial. N. Yakubovich (PI), H. Gerstein, Z. Punthakee & D. Sherifali (Co-PIs). Canadian Diabetes Association, $242,740.



The overall aim of my program of research is to optimize the management of diabetes and quality of life of people with diabetes across the lifespan, through:

a) identifying patient, provider and health system factors that impede or facilitate patient self-care;

b) testing novel approaches to optimize patients’ participation in their own diabetes care; and

c) identifying and implementing innovative approaches to knowledge synthesis and knowledge dissemination related to self-care and other aspects of diabetes


  • Interests include research methodology, community nursing and social determinants of health
  • Currently teach: Introduction to the Social Determinants of Health, Introduction to Community Nursing


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