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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

Select Publications

  • Goldenberg R, Clement M, Hanna A, Harper W, Main A, Retnakaran R, Sherifali D, Woo V, Yale JF, Cheng A. (2016) Pharmacologic Management of Type 2 Diabetes:  2016 Interim Update.  Canadian Journal of Diabetes. 40(3): 193-195.
  • Fitzpatrick-Lewis D, Usman AM, Warren R, Kenny M, Sherifali D, Raina P (2016). Screening for colorectal cancer: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Clinical Colorectal Cancer. March 31, 2016: doi:10.1016/j.clcc.2016.03.003
  • Akioyamen L, Minhas H, Holloway A, Taylor V, Akioyamen N, Sherifali D. (2016).  Effects of depression pharmacotherapy in fertility treatment on conception, birth, and neonatal health: a systematic review.  Journal of Psychosomatic Research.  May; 84:8103. Doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychores.2016.03.124.
  • Ali MU, Miller J, Peirson L, Fitzpatrick-Lewis D, Kenny M, Sherifali D, Raina P.  (2016). Screening for lung cancer:  A systematic review and meta-analysis.  Preventive Medicine.  2016 Aug;89:301-14. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2016.04.015
  • Sherifali D, Viscardi V, Bai JW, Ali RM. (2016). Evaluating the Effect of a Diabetes Health Coach in Individuals with Type 2 Diabetes. Can J Diabetes. Feb;40(1):84-94. doi: 10.1016/j.jcjd.2015.10.006.
  • Meneilly GS,Sherifali D, Tessier D. (2016) Diabetes in Older Adults: Starting a National Dialogue.  Can J Diabetes. Feb;40(1):1. doi: 10.1016/j.jcjd.2015.12.002
  • Sherifali D, Meneilly G. (2016). Diabetes Management and Education in Older Adults: The Development of a National Consensus of Key Research Priorities.  Can J Diabetes. Feb;40(1):31-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jcjd.2015.08.010.
  • Sherifali D. (2016) Diabetes Management in Older Adults: Seeing the Forest for the Trees.  Canadian Journal of Diabetes. Feb;40(1):10-1. doi: 10.1016/j.jcjd.2015.08.004.
  • Tricco A, Zarin W, Antony J, Hutton B, Moher D, Sherifali D, Straus S.  (2016). An international survey and modified Delphi approach reveals numerous rapid review methods.  Journal of Clinical Epidemiology Feb;70:61-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2015.08.012. Epub 2015 Aug 29.
  • Osman O, Sherifali D, Stolee P, Heckman G. (2016). Diabetes Management in Long Term Care: An exploratory study of the current practices and processes to managing the frail elderly with type 2 diabetes.  Can J Diabetes.  Feb;40(1):17-30. doi: 10.1016/j.jcjd.2015.10.005.
  • Akioyamen L, Levine M, Sherifali D, O’Reilly D, Frankfurter C, Levine M, Pullenayegum E, Goeree R, Tsoi B. (2016). Cardiovascular and cerebrovascular outcomes of long-term angiotensin receptor blockade: meta-analyses of trials in essential hypertension. Journal of American Society of Hypertension. Jan;10(1):55-69.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.jash.2015.11.005.
  • Harkness K, Buck H, Arthur H, Carroll S, Cosman T, McGillion M, Kaasalainen S, Kryworuchko J, O’Keefe-McCarthy S, Sherifali D, Strachan P.  (2016). Caregiver contribution to heart failure self-care (CACHS).  Nursing Open.  3(1); 51-60.
  • Clement M, Harvey B, Rabi D, Roscoe R & Sherifali D. (2013). Clinical Practice Guidelines: Organization of Care.  Canadian Journal of Diabetes, 37(Suppl 1), S20-S25.
  • Harper W, Clement M, Goldenberg R, Hanna A, Main A, Retnakaran R, Sherifali D, Woo V, Yale JF. (2013). Clinical Practice Guidelines: Pharmacologic Management of Type 2 Diabetes. Canadian Journal of Diabetes, 37(Suppl 1), S61-S68.
  • Sherifali D, Fitzpatrick-Lewis D, Peirson L, Ciliska D, & Coyle D. (2013). Screening for Type 2 Diabetes in Adults: An updated systematic review. The Diabetes Open Journal. 6;1-13.
  • Amirthavasar, G., Dudar, N., Gandhi, S., Phillips, S & Sherifali, D. (2012). The landscape of diabetes education in Ontario: A descriptive study. Canadian Journal of Diabetes, 36(4), 204-09.
  • Sherifali D, Shea N, & Brooks S. (2012). Exploring the experiences of urban Aboriginals living with or caring for someone with type 2 diabetes. Canadian Journal of Diabetes. 36(4), 175-80.
  • Sherifali D, Greb J, Amirthavasar G, Gerstein H & Gerstein S. (2011). A Community-Based Approach for the Self-Management of Diabetes: The Diabetes Hamilton Support Program and Registry.  European Diabetes Nursing, 8(2), 54-59.
  • Sherifali D, Greb J, Amirthavasar G, Hunt D, Haynes B, Harper W, Holbrook A, Capes S, Goeree R, O’Reilly D, Pullenayegum E, & Gerstein H.  (2010). The effect of computer-generated tailored feedback on glycemic control in people with diabetes in the community: A randomized controlled trial.  Diabetes Care, 34(8), 1794-8.
  • Sherifali D, Nerenberg K, Pullenaygum E, Cheng E, & Gerstein H. (2010).  The effect of oral antidiabetic agents on A1C levels: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Diabetes Care, 33(8), 1859-1864.


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.


  • 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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